Elected Officials Tour Mesa County Mudslide

mesa county slide areaCongressman Scott Tipton (CO-03), Governor John Hickenlooper, Mesa County Sheriff Stan Hilkey, Mesa County Commissioner John Justman and Collbran Mayor Pro Tem Jolyn Dorman toured the Grand Mesa mudslide by air on Saturday. During the tour, they received a briefing from the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office on coordinated federal, state and local efforts to assess ground conditions and determine additional threats posed by the mudslide to the Collbran area.  The Governor declared a state of disaster emergency for the area last week, freeing up resources to help pay for ongoing response and technical assessments. The U.S. Geologic Survey, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Forest Service, Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, and Colorado Geologic Survey, are among the federal, state and local agencies responding to the incident and providing technical assessments.  Three men went missing in the slide.  Danny and Clancy Nichols and Wes Hawkins are presumed dead.  Efforts to recover their bodies have been hampered by the unstable condition of the land.  In a statement, Tipton said “These men were valued members of the community, tragically taken too soon by this catastrophic mudslide.”  You can see video Tipton took of the area while on the tour below.

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