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Mayor’s Chief-Of-Staff: “No Further Shifting” On Mt. Washington Hillside

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — In a split second, the façade of Mount Washington changed.

“Last night there was a hillside there, right now you have a 300-foot cliff,” said Kevin Acklin, the chief-of-staff for Mayor Bill Peduto.

A section the size of a football field let loose with a dramatic and thunderous collapse on Tuesday morning.

KDKA’s Kym Gable talked to Mayor Bill Peduto’s chief-of-staff at the site of a massive landslide on Mount Washington.

Around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Kevin Acklin said he was told by officials from Norfolk Southern Railroad that there has been no further movement on the hillside that gave way Tuesday morning, causing a massive landslide.

Gable: “You just found out the shifting has stopped?”

Acklin: “As far as we can tell, there’s been no further shifting. The barrier of rock and dirt closest to the rail line is holding back the remaining soil and rock.”

The eastbound and westbound rail lines reopened around 11 p.m.

Acklin said another analysis will be done in the morning.

Meanwhile, at least tweo dozen workers with heavy equipment continue to clean-up and make repairs along West Carson Street.

The LeMont Restaurant sits right above the slide on Grandview Avenue.

The eatery was evacuated and closed until Thursday as a precaution.

The Bella Vista Italian Restaurant is a few doors down.

Engineers told owner Rosetta Eichert her business is not in any danger. She still has concerns, though. She told Gable there was a smaller landslide below The Bella Vista in 2012.

“Customers are coming in. Are they going to be safe?” asked Eichert. “Are we going to be safe? We’re just worried about the investigation of this landslide cause it’s not the first time.”

Right now, The LeMont is the only business affected.

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