Three missing after 'unbelievably big' Colorado mudslide

Colorado mudslide

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Three people were reported missing after a massive mudslide in Mesa County, Colorado on May 25, 2014.

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by JANET ORAVETZ

KUSA

Posted on May 25, 2014 at 11:37 PM

Updated Sunday, May 25 at 11:46 PM

Three people are missing after a massive mudslide that is estimated to be 250 feet deep in many places.

The first reports of the mudslide came into the Grand Junction Regional Communication Center about 6:15 p.m. Sunday. Mesa County officials say the mudslide is 2 miles wide and 4 miles long and about 250 feet deep in many places. Deputies describe the area as very unstable, and estimate that an entire ridge has been sliding for most of Sunday.

"This slide is unbelievably big," said Lt. Phil Stratton with the Mesa County Sheriff's Office.

Plateau Valley Fire Department responded to the area of Salt Creek Road, near Vega Reservoir, on the Grand Mesa. This area is just east of the small town of Collbran. A witness who called into dispatch described hearing a noise that sounded much like a freight train that is attributed to the slide.

Rain has fallen in Mesa County most of the day and likely contributed to the cause of the slide. Citizens are highly discouraged from going into the area and a roadblock has been established outside the mudslide perimeter, for safety.

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