Mesa County authorities downgrade alert level at the West Salt Creek slide area

Grand Mesa mudslide May 2014 via The Denver Post
Grand Mesa mudslide May 2014 via The Denver Post

From The Denver Post (Jesse Paul):

Mesa County authorities have downgraded the alert level for residents near the West Salt Creek landslide area near Collbran because of recent warm temperatures and lower creek levels.

Homeowners were put on notice to evacuate May 27 after a water surge at the landslide area prompted by spring runoff.

Officials say that while the immediate threat seems to have diminished, the site remains unsafe and that people should not venture near it…

Water that has collected in a depression near the top of the slide has created a “sag pond,” which continues to spark fears among geologists. In October 2015, the Colorado Geological Survey said conditions remain at the West Salt Creek area that could prompt another disaster of comparable magnitude.

However conditions have stabilized since late last month when the alert level was raised, authorities say.

“The amount of snow left above the West Salt Creek landslide is no longer at a level where experts feel it necessary for residents to remain on heightened alert,” the county sheriff’s office said in a Tuesday news release.

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