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West Virginia residents evacuate homes after landslide in area near Charleston airport

  • This photo released by the West Virginia National Guard shows a landslide Thursday, March 12, 2015 near Yeager Airport in Charleston, W.Va.  The landslide broke loose, taking out power lines, trees, an unoccupied home, as well as a church. It also caused a nearby creek to rise. No injuries were reported and no flights at the airport were affected.  (AP Photo/West Virginia National Guard-Lt. Col. John “Todd” Harrell.)

    This photo released by the West Virginia National Guard shows a landslide Thursday, March 12, 2015 near Yeager Airport in Charleston, W.Va. The landslide broke loose, taking out power lines, trees, an unoccupied home, as well as a church. It also caused a nearby creek to rise. No injuries were reported and no flights at the airport were affected. (AP Photo/West Virginia National Guard-Lt. Col. John “Todd” Harrell.)  (The Associated Press)

  • First responders assess a landslide on Keystone Drive, Thursday, March 12, 2015, in Charleston, W.Va.   A landslide broke loose, taking out power lines, trees, an unoccupied home, as well as a church. It also caused a nearby creek to rise. No injuries were reported and no flights at the airport were affected.  (AP Photo/The Daily Mail, Marcus Constantino)

    First responders assess a landslide on Keystone Drive, Thursday, March 12, 2015, in Charleston, W.Va. A landslide broke loose, taking out power lines, trees, an unoccupied home, as well as a church. It also caused a nearby creek to rise. No injuries were reported and no flights at the airport were affected. (AP Photo/The Daily Mail, Marcus Constantino)  (The Associated Press)

  • Clarence Fleck discusses concerns about a creek near his home in Charleston, W.Va., on Friday, March 13, 2014. A landslide near the end of a hilltop runway at Yeager Airport above his home broke loose Thursday, taking out power lines, trees, an unoccupied home, and a church. It also caused the nearby creek to rise and forced Fleck and others from their homes as a precaution. (AP Photo/John Raby)

    Clarence Fleck discusses concerns about a creek near his home in Charleston, W.Va., on Friday, March 13, 2014. A landslide near the end of a hilltop runway at Yeager Airport above his home broke loose Thursday, taking out power lines, trees, an unoccupied home, and a church. It also caused the nearby creek to rise and forced Fleck and others from their homes as a precaution. (AP Photo/John Raby)  (The Associated Press)

A landslide near a West Virginia airport has forced residents in about 25 Charleston homes to evacuate.

Media outlets report that the landslide began Sunday near the end of the main runway at Yeager Airport but reached a critical point mid-day Thursday.

The landslide broke loose, taking out power lines, trees, an unoccupied home, as well as a church. It also caused a nearby creek to rise.

The West Virginia National Guard urged area residents to evacuate and the West Virginia Division of Highways closed a portion of Keystone Drive.