The three people reported missing after a massive mudslide struck in western Colorado’s Mesa County are being searched by the rescue teams. Rescuers raced to the slide hit scene at 6 p.m. which is a remote area near the town of Collbron, about 40 miles east of Grand Junction. MDT, but eased operations after nightfall, Mesa County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Lisa McCammon said.
There’s “not a lot of activity tonight,” she explained. The “slide area is very unstable.” She also pointed out that a daylight search was safer. The slide is about 4 miles long, 2 miles wide and about 250 feet deep in many places as estimated by the department. “This slide is unbelievably big,” Mesa County Lt. Phil Stratton added.
The crews carried out the search operations for three residents of the Collibran area after they were reported missing in the slide area, situated near Salt Creek road and Vega Reservoir as said by the department. McCammon said that there were no reports of any structure damaged or major road affected though the site is in a rural part of the county. The sheriff’s office said that the person who reported the slide at about 6:15 p.m.
In order to handle the slide and search for the people possibly caught in it, a unified incident command has been established between Plateau Valley Fire Department and the Mesa sheriff. Heavy rains that fell over the weekend contributed to the massive mudslide as opined by the authorities. The occurrence of avalanche was about two months after a massive mudslide hit the Washington state community of Oso on March 22, killing 43 people.