UPDATE: MC Sheriff’s Office: 3 missing in Vega-area slide
UPDATE: Authorities are on the scene of a massive mudslide near Vega Reservoir, searching for three people who have been reported missing.
Reports of the three missing people came into emergency dispatch at about the same time dispatch received calls about the mudslide on Salt Creek Road or 60.5 Road, at about 6:15 p.m.
The slide is estimated at four miles long, two miles wide and about 250 feet deep in some places and is described as being very unstable, according to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office.
Authorities believe the ridge was moving all day long because of the rainy weather. Emergency workers are on scene to determine whether the slide will move further.
“A witness who called into dispatch this evening described hearing a noise that sounded much like a freight train, ” the Sheriff’s Office said in a press release.
Citizens and the media are encouraged not to go to the scene, and the road is closed to the public at LE Road.
Workers plan to be at the scene all night.
“This slide is unbelievably big,” said Lt. Phil Stratton of the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office.
According to Google Earth, the rural Salt Creek Road, south of Vega Reservoir, has a couple homes and oil and gas drilling wells in the area.
Mesa County Sheriff and Collbran authorities are responding to a mudslide on Salt Creek Road or 60.5 Road out of Collbran tonight.
Three people are missing, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Initial reports indicate the slide is four-miles wide.
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