Maps developed by state agencies showing landslide hazards in Polk County and other Western North Carolina counties are now available online.
The Landslide Hazards Map, which includes a tab for Polk County, is at https://unca.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries/index.html?appid=48bf3ffa7d914f6d9b4562db4afb5e80. The map also can be accessed through a link on the GIS (Geographic Information System) page at PolkNC.org.
In 2018, Polk County experienced multiple landslides and mudslides due to extreme amounts of rainfall within relatively short periods of time, which resulted in a fatality and property damage.
The N.C. Geological Survey with the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality and the Division of Energy, Mineral and Land Resources is tasked with tracking such movements. These agencies published the Landslide Hazards in WNC maps online for those interested in this data for planning, land purchases, construction and other considerations.
Questions about the Landslide Hazards in WNC maps should be directed to Senior Geologist Rick Wooten with the Division of Energy, Mineral, and Land Resources-Geological Survey at firstname.lastname@example.org.