In an effort to continue providing information and to answer potential future questions from the public, we are providing this link to a list of questions and answers regarding the Grand Mesa mudslide near the Town of Collbran. The public is invited to post a question using the comment feature at the bottom of this posting. We will then do our best to provide answers to those questions as soon as possible.
This feature will be available through the end of June unless there are further developments with this incident.
According to Mesa County Sheriff Stan Hilkey the three men who are reported missing went to check on their irrigation water that had been disrupted. From there they went to check on the slide. It’s believed a second slide happened while they were in that area and they may have been caught in it.
Here is the latest information on the Grand Mesa mudslide:
- A helicopter was able to fly over the scene this morning to assess the situation
- 3 men remain missing. They are believed to be locals who went to the area to check out the slide yesterday evening. They have not been heard from since. We do not believe they have cell phones with them.
- An estimated 40-50 emergency and Search and Rescue personnel are on scene trying to locate the men
- Search and Rescue ground teams are going into the slide area from each side to further assess and try to locate the men
- The slide is still very unstable. Part of the slide has formed an area where water is collecting.
- The slide moved an additional 20 feet overnight
- The area of the slide is the West Salt Creek drainage
- No structures are in this area and no major roads are affected
- Several gas wells in the area have been shut down at this time as a precaution
- This photo shows the slide area on a steep ridge
The Mesa County Joint Information Center has been activated to help provide information to the public regarding the mudslide on the Grand Mesa. Please follow this blog by entering your email address in the column on the right to receive instant updates when new information is posted.
Below are the most current updates:
Update at 7:20am on May 26, 2014: Mesa County Sheriff Stan Hilkey will be meeting with media at noon, at the roadblock (Salt Creek Rd and Highway 330, about 2 miles past the town of Collbran). This will be an informal news conference. For media purposes, video and pictures of the mudslide are a top priority today.
Updates on the assessment of the mudslide should be available after a helicopter flight goes out and returns. That is scheduled to launch at approximately 8:30am. There are no changes in information overnight and the three missing men remain missing this morning.
Non-emergency dispatch in Mesa County is available for true needs from the public regarding this event by calling 970-242-6707.
Media inquiries can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 970-462-7156. Also, follow us on Twitter @MesaCountyJIC using #MCMudslide
Information previously released by the Mesa County Sheriff can be found here.