A landslide near a highway patrol post in the town of Kancamaguis on Georgia’s western Georgia coast has killed at least four people and injured one person, the governor’s office said Sunday.
Authorities are treating the incident as a major disaster and are sending in teams to the area to investigate, Governor Greg Orman said.
He said there was no immediate word on how many people had been injured.
State officials on Saturday said more than 1,000 homes were damaged and a number of other structures damaged.
They said one of the roads in the area has been closed due to the landslide.
The state government reported about 500 deaths in the past five years.
The accident occurred in the eastern part of Kaganatsi County, the county’s chief fire chief said.
The highway patrol posted at the Kancampaguis roadblock in the morning was closed.
A large landslide damaged a structure near the checkpoint, said Georgia State Highway Patrol Trooper Mike Gentry, a spokesman for the state’s Division of Public Safety.
Gentry said the highway patrol was working to clear the roadblock and investigate what caused the slide.
He was not immediately available for further comment.
State troopers and firefighters were seen removing debris from the road block Saturday.
A man wearing a gas mask is carried away after being evacuated from the scene in Kancampsi, Georgia, U.S., April 16, 2019.