Evacuations eased for slipping Jackson hill

PRICE CHAMBERS/Jackson Hole Daily

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) Authorities in Jackson have downgraded their evacuation order for businesses threatened by a slipping hillside in the Wyoming resort town, but some people are still being kept from returning to their homes on Friday.

The downgrade means businesses are no longer under orders to evacuate, but are advised to do so.

Residents were told at a public meeting Thursday that Jackson officials are considering building a temporary road for people who are still evacuated, but that may not be ready for another week.

An independent geologist says a rapid landslide in unlikely, but the hillside needs to be shored up.

Geologists have been monitoring the hillside for a while, but underground movement has increased in recent days, resulting in visible cracks, stretched power lines, buckled pavement and damaged homes. Authorities say about 60 people have been affected.

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