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3 businesses cleared to reopen as Wyoming landslide movement slows significantly

Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead, center, listens to Jackson town officials during a tour the East Gros Ventre Butte landslide Monday, April 28, 2014, in Jackson, Wyo.  Mead says after touring a slow-moving landslide he wants to help local officials defray the cost of the disaster. Efforts to slow the slide by hauling in tons of dirt and rock appear to be working. Ground movement has slowed to just a tenth of an inch per day — much less than a surge April 17 and 18 that sheared one house in two. (AP Photo/Jackson Hole News&Guide, Bradly J. Boner)

Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead, center, listens to Jackson town officials during a tour the East Gros Ventre Butte landslide Monday, April 28, 2014, in Jackson, Wyo. Mead says after touring a slow-moving landslide he wants to help local officials defray the cost of the disaster. Efforts to slow the slide by hauling in tons of dirt and rock appear to be working. Ground movement has slowed to just a tenth of an inch per day — much less than a surge April 17 and 18 that sheared one house in two. (AP Photo/Jackson Hole News&Guide, Bradly J. Boner)  (The Associated Press)

Three businesses evacuated a landslide in the Wyoming resort town of Jackson are being allowed to reopen now that the slide's movement has significantly slowed.

Incident command spokeswoman Roxanne Robinson says the owners of two restaurants and a liquor store were allowed to return to their locations in a shopping center Wednesday. She says the slide is now moving at a tenth of an inch a day. That's down from 3 inches a day when the slide started two weeks ago.

Some other businesses in the shopping center farther from the slide were briefly closed earlier.

Residents of about 40 homes and apartments can access them only by foot, but one lane of a road is expected to reopen later this week.

The town has hauled in 16 million tons of fill material to slow the slide.