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Landslide Causes Big Problems for Basin City Farmers

People in Basin City get together to discuss what to do after a massive landslide closed a major road in the area. A new route has area farmers worried. It could cut right through their farms and severely impact their livelihood.

A quarter mile section of County Road 170 was closed in May due to a landslide. Tonight, farmers met with Franklin County Officials to discuss a permanent alternative.

They say that some of the new road plans would cut through their farms. This would make acres and acres of farmland useless and cost them a lot of money for years to come. Most farmers agreed: they want a plan with the lowest impact for all farmers.

Rod Nelson is part of a farming family. He says, "Nobody wants to see anybody's farm destroyed and if working together makes for minimal impact for everybody that would be the way we would like it done."

Franklin County Officials say they will heavily weigh Nelson and other farmer's suggestions. They will announce their decision at a public hearing, on a day that hasn't been decided.

Many farmers are anxiously awaitng the decision.