Reports: Emergency teams rush to Colorado mudslide
Monday, May 26, 2014
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — Emergency crews rushed to a large mudslide in western Colorado in Mesa County Sunday night where three people may be missing.
The slide struck Sunday on Grand Mesa near the town of Collbran, about 40 miles east of Grand Junction, according to media reports.
The Grand Junction Sentinel said both the Mesa County Sheriff's office and Collbran authorities have responded to the slide, which is along Salt Creek Road near Vega State Park.
The Denver Post said authorities estimate the slide to be 2 miles wide
"This slide is unbelievably big," Mesa County Lt. Phil Stratton said.
The sheriff's office said there are reports of three people missing.
The Post said no structures were reported damaged and no major roads affected.
The sheriff's office said that the person who reported the slide at about 6:15 p.m. MDT "described hearing a noise that sounded much like a freight train."
Station KMGH-TV reports that a unified incident command has been established between Plateau Valley Fire Department and the Mesa sheriff, to handle the slide and search for the people possibly caught in it.
Heavy rain has fallen in the area this weekend.
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