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Section of Butler Freeport Community Trail closed due to slide

Debris fell from the hillside onto to a portion of the Butler Freeport Community Trail about a half a mile from the Laneville trailhead on Tuesday April 2, 2024. Justin Guido/Special to the Eagle

A 4-mile section of the Butler Freeport Community Trail is closed indefinitely due to a mudslide that was discovered Tuesday morning, April 2, during heavy rains that have deluged the region.

The closed section is between the Laneville trailhead in Freeport north to the Monroe Road trailhead in Buffalo Township.

“It’s still active, so we want people to stay away,” said Chris Ziegler, president of the Butler Freeport Community Trail Council.

Ziegler said she was informed at 10:30 a.m. about slides in that section of the trail. There is one big slide and several smaller slides, she said.

“We can’t even get in there to assess the damage. We encourage everyone to just stay away,” Ziegler said.

With rain in forecast for the rest of the week, she said crews might not be able to get to the site to assess the damage until Saturday.

If drainage cross pipes were washed away, it will take longer to repair and reopen than it would if the damage is less severe, she said.

People wishing to use the trail can still use the 16-mile section from the Monroe Road trailhead to Butler, she added.

Debris fell from the hillside onto to a portion of the Butler Freeport Community Trail about a half a mile from the Laneville trailhead on Tuesday April 2, 2024. Justin Guido/Special to the Eagle
Debris fell from the hillside onto to a portion of the Butler Freeport Community Trail about a half a mile from the Laneville trailhead on Tuesday April 2, 2024. Justin Guido/Special to the Eagle
Debris fell from the hillside onto to a portion of the Butler Freeport Community Trail about a half a mile from the Laneville trailhead on Tuesday April 2, 2024. Justin Guido/Special to the Eagle
Debris fell from the hillside onto to a portion of the Butler Freeport Community Trail about a half a mile from the Laneville trailhead on Tuesday April 2, 2024. Justin Guido/Special to the Eagle

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