The Hayhurst family in Salem, Doddridge County moved into its home on Hunters Fork Road more than five years ago. The family fell in love with the property because it was far enough away from town to enjoy peace and quiet, but was easy enough to get to. The road was paved and in good condition. The family said it was a major selling point for the property.
But the family said that changed when Carl Smith Pipeline workers moved in down the street.
The company is currently making room to put in pipelines.
Kristen Hayhurst said a mud and tree slide started more than a week ago and it's still a problem.
"As they cut the right of way, it started to slide. First it was just the trees, the way they piled up and left them. And then with the trees sliding, it became the mud sliding," said Kristen Hayhurst.
The West Virginia Division of Highways is aware of the situation and said Carl Smith Pipeline completed remedial work to stabilize the slip, but it's still waiting for the company to submit an official plan of action to completely solve the issue. DOH engineers will review that plan, and if it's approved the company will be responsible for funding and carrying out the solution. The DOH said it has not established a deadline for the proposal or cleanup completion.
In the meantime, the Hayhurst family cringes at the thought of driving home.
"It's completely treacherous when you drive through there. It gets to the point that you're sliding, you're slipping, you're nervous because you think you're going to slide into one of these ditches or muddy hillsides," Hayhurst said.
The family isn't alone. It said plenty of drivers just give up and turn around.
"The garbage didn't run to be picked up. The mail some days he'll run, some days he doesn't," Hayhurst said.
Turning around isn't really a plan B though. The family said the detour costs them quite a bit of time.
"He has to back up turn, around, go all the way around. It's an easy 20 to 25 minute detour," Hayhurst said.
Carl Smith Pipeline did not immediately return our call for comment.