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Town, county officials reflect on last month’s landslide in Jerusalem

Lower West Lake Road in Jerusalem was closed all day on March 25 after officials were alerted to the smell of gas then discovered a landslip on-scene.

Yates County 911 received a call concerning the smell of natural gas by Nancy Peek, who noticed the smell between 6 a.m. and 7 a.m. on March 25 at Lower West Lake Road along Keuka Lake.

Sheriff’s deputies and NYSEG crews responded to 1861 Lower West Lake Road and discovered a landslip forming between the county road and cottages on the embankment, according to The Chronicle Express.

It was also discovered that the pressurized sewer main from Keuka College had ruptured. The flow from the damaged water and sewer mains caused the land to slip towards the lake. Yates County Administrator Nonie Flynn express gratitude that no one was hurt.

Jerusalem Town Supervisor Jamie Sisson said heavy equipment used by the county in 2021 for road repairs could have played a role in the landslide, as well as removal of vegetation to install one resident’s garage three years ago.