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Family rescued after Maggie Valley landslide

Posted February 5, 2010 11:45 p.m. EST
Updated February 6, 2010 8:48 a.m. EST

— A family had to be rescued after a landslide that damaged at least three homes in Maggie Valley in Haywood County Friday evening, officials said.

Emergency officials told CBS News affiliate WSPA that about a dozen people were at home when the 100-yard-wide slide struck. Wet weather had made the mountainside unstable.

"The rain had been beating on it all day long, so it was just chunks of mud just coming," evacuee Will Herring said.

"As I was jumping onto the back of the truck in the last minute, I could almost feel the mud beneath my feet," evacuee McKenzie Redmond said. "It was literally like that last second (when) I was pulled up on the car, and we got away."

One family had to be dug out of their home, WSPA reported. No injuries were reported.

The Red Cross has set up a shelter for evacuees at the Maggie Valley United Methodist Church.

Four-wheelers are being used to get around in the area, and U.S. Highway 19 has been closed.

Maggie Valley, with a population of about 600, is situated in the Smoky Mountains and is a tourist destination for hiking, camping, rafting and other outdoor activities. It is also home to the Wild West-themed Ghost Town in the Sky amusement park.