Rockslide Damages Home; Families Evacuated

State Officials Surveying Rockslide Damage
Rockslide Damages Home; Families Evacuated

Tabatha Huddy could only watch as a huge boulder came crashing into her home Tuesday afternoon on State Route 329 outside the Village of Trimble.

Chopper 10 was above the scene as chunks of rock tumbled down the hillside and slammed into the home. It crushed a carport.

Huddy and her family evacuated Tuesday morning when rocks first started falling.

"It kind of sounded like a bomb going off," Huddy said.

Huddy said they'd never had issues with the rocky hillside behind their home until Tuesday.

Officials said the house is likely a total loss. They said the home was knocked about four feet off its foundation.

"It's very depressing," Huddy said. "That's our life. Everything we worked for."

Another home next door was also evacuated.

Officials closed State Route 329 until a state emergency response team can respond to the area Wednesday morning to figure out what's next.

Officials said they're also keeping a close watch on a cell phone tower that's perched on top of the hill. Jacksonville Fire Chief Todd Wisor said this is a unique situation for his department.

"It's very dangerous," he said. "There's no warning signs or anything." He said a cause for the rockslide isn't clear yet, but said recent rain may have played a role.

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