3 missing in huge Colorado mudslide

COLLBRAN, CO - Three people have been reported missing after a huge mudslide in Colorado.

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

Officials said the mudslide is estimated to be about four miles long, two miles wide and about 250 feet deep, in many places. The slide is 11 miles southeast of the small town of Collbran, in the area of Salt Creek Road and Vega Reservoir on the Grand Mesa.

The slide was first reported at 6:15 p.m. However, deputies on scene Sunday night said it appeared an entire ridge had been sliding for most of the day. The slide was described as very unstable by deputies.

The Mesa County Sheriff's Office told 7NEWS it is possible the three people reported missing may have gone into the area to look at other slides reported Sunday. The three are from the Collbran or Mesa area.

Several agencies are on scene including the Plateau Valley Fire Department, the Mesa County Sheriff's Office, Mesa County Search and Rescue Control, Inc., and the Collbran Marshal.

 


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