Mudslide causes traffic headache on Columbia Parkway near Kemper - Cincinnati News, Weather, Sports from FOX19 NOW-WXIX

Cleanup continues on Columbia Pkwy. after mudslide

(FOX19) -

Mudslide cleanup efforts along Columbia Parkway continued into rush hour Tuesday.

The City is asking drivers to slow down and use caution when approaching the landslide area, and consider alternate routes if possible.

The incident happened late Monday evening under flash flooding conditions.

"I went into the kitchen and I came back into the bedroom which faces that way and here we have red white and blue lights and excitement," Joan Cavally recalled of the overnight scene.

Cavally's house perches above Columbia Parkway giving her a clear view of the traffic backup caused by the mudslide clean up.

"This isn't good but I'm really not surprised," she told FOX19.

"This location here was new location that just popped up," Cincinnati Geotechnical engineer Rich Pohana told FOX19. "Here the retaining wall is very low the slope above it is very steep."

Rich Pohana watches Cincinnati's slopes to look for potential issues. He says there is only so much that can be done about Columbia Parkway's problems which are inherited from engineers past.

"When they originally built the parkway they over-steepened the slopes back in the 1930's and the retaining wall should have gone higher," Pohana explained.

He says mathematically the soil shouldn't even be on the slope it is so steep. The mudslides will continue to happen, according to Pohana, especially when the rain comes down in buckets, forcing the city to haul off truckload after truckload of the mucky mass and tying up traffic.

"I think the City's been doing very well," Cavally said. "After all, we've been having how much water, water, water … and we are not having flooding like other places. I think we should be grateful that it's no worse than it is."

According to Pohana, there are possible long-term solutions, but they are all very expensive.

Currently city engineers say paying for trucking and labor is the most economic way to deal with the mudslides.

Copyright 2013 WXIX. All rights reserved.

  • FOX19 HeadlinesMore>>

  • Lawyer: No apparent justification for fatal shooting of teen

    Lawyer: No apparent justification for fatal shooting of teen

    Thursday, June 21 2018 8:22 AM EDT2018-06-21 12:22:06 GMT
    Saturday, June 23 2018 12:30 AM EDT2018-06-23 04:30:30 GMT
    (Steve Mellon/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP). Leonard Hammonds II, of Penn Hills, right, points out that a Turtle Creek Police officer has his had on his weapon during a rally in East Pittsburgh, Pa., on Wednesday, June 20, 2018, at a protest regardin...(Steve Mellon/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP). Leonard Hammonds II, of Penn Hills, right, points out that a Turtle Creek Police officer has his had on his weapon during a rally in East Pittsburgh, Pa., on Wednesday, June 20, 2018, at a protest regardin...

    Hundreds of people took to the streets to protest the fatal police shooting of a 17-year-old boy killed just seconds after he fled a traffic stop during a confrontation partly captured on video.

    Full Story >

    Hundreds of people took to the streets to protest the fatal police shooting of a 17-year-old boy killed just seconds after he fled a traffic stop during a confrontation partly captured on video.

    Full Story >
  • Plans unclear for reuniting separated immigrant children

    Plans unclear for reuniting separated immigrant children

    Friday, June 22 2018 6:06 AM EDT2018-06-22 10:06:01 GMT
    Saturday, June 23 2018 12:26 AM EDT2018-06-23 04:26:44 GMT
    (AP Photo/David J. Phillip). Jesus Funes, 19-months, cries as his mother, Diva Funes, both immigrants from Honduras, holds him after being escorted back to Reynosa, Mexico, Thursday, June 21, 2018. The family, who was seeking asylum, said they were tol...(AP Photo/David J. Phillip). Jesus Funes, 19-months, cries as his mother, Diva Funes, both immigrants from Honduras, holds him after being escorted back to Reynosa, Mexico, Thursday, June 21, 2018. The family, who was seeking asylum, said they were tol...

    About 500 of the more than 2,300 children separated from their families at the border have been reunited since May, a senior Trump administration official says.

    Full Story >

    About 500 of the more than 2,300 children separated from their families at the border have been reunited since May, a senior Trump administration official says.

    Full Story >
  • Cohen's photo with Tom Arnold fuels Trump tape speculation

    Cohen's photo with Tom Arnold fuels Trump tape speculation

    Friday, June 22 2018 4:02 PM EDT2018-06-22 20:02:45 GMT
    Friday, June 22 2018 11:55 PM EDT2018-06-23 03:55:39 GMT
    (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File). FILE - In this Oct. 10, 2017 file photo, Tom Arnold attends the premiere of "Dead Ant" in Los Angeles.  Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former attorney, retweeted a photo posing with Arnold, who is...(Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File). FILE - In this Oct. 10, 2017 file photo, Tom Arnold attends the premiere of "Dead Ant" in Los Angeles. Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former attorney, retweeted a photo posing with Arnold, who is...

    President Donald Trump's former attorney Michael Cohen retweeted a photo posing with comedian Tom Arnold, who is working on a show to hunt down recordings of the president, fueling speculation that Cohen may have...

    Full Story >

    President Donald Trump's former attorney Michael Cohen retweeted a photo posing with comedian Tom Arnold, who is working on a show to hunt down recordings of the president, fueling speculation that Cohen may have secret tapes of Trump.

    Full Story >
Powered by Frankly