Mudslide

APR Local News
4:34 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Mudslides, Shifting Land Common in Glenwood Springs Area

Jonathan White is Senior Engineering Geologist with the Colorado Geologic Survey.
Credit Colorado Geologic Survey, Colorado School of Mines

Officials continue to assess a mudslide southwest of Carbondale. That’s where a miles long flow may have killed three men, and another there’s a risk of another slide coming down. Here in the Roaring Fork Valley, mudslides are also a factor-- especially in the Glenwood Springs area. Jonathan White is Senior Engineering Geologist with the Colorado Geologic Survey in Golden. He spoke with APR’s Elise Thatcher on how common mudslides are.

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Mountain Edition
3:28 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Mountain Edition - May 29th, 2014

A neighboring county is grappling with a huge mudslide, west of the Roaring Fork Valley.

It’s so dangerous a search for three missing residents has been called off and another slide could come down.

Construction begins in Carbondale for a decorative new roundabout on highway 133.

We’ll hear different opinions about a federal plan to beef up environmental protection for certain bodies of water.

Some Colorado companies are starting to use the state’s new logo but there have been hiccups for the branding effort.

Finally, we’ll hear from a state representative whose district covers Pitkin County about her busy time at the Statehouse.

That’s all coming up on Mountain Edition – right now.

Collbran Mudslide
7:42 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Geologists: Soft Rock, Steep Slope Contributors In Collbran Mudslide

This map, put together by the USGS in 1982, shows which parts of the country are most prone to landslides. The areas shaded in red have the highest landslide incidence.
USGS

The area where the Collbran mudslide happened has seen similar slides in the past. Geologists say relatively weak rock and steep terrain create a recipe for such natural disasters. Still, Colorado in general is less vulnerable to slides than wetter areas, like the west coast. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen reports.

The Colorado Geological Survey began mapping landslides near Collbran in the 1980’s. They discovered the area where this debris flow happened was prone to slides.

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APR Local News
5:27 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Mudslide Search On Hold, Another Slide Possible

The slide is west of Carbondale and McClure Pass, and south of Rifle.
Credit John Wark

It’s been a difficult several days for the community of Collbran, west of Carbondale. The small town is near a massive mudslide that let loose over the Memorial Day weekend. Three men from the area are missing, and now search and rescue crews are on hold. 

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