Men Who Went Missing After Mesa County Mudslide are Identified

mesa county slide areaThe three people missing after a mudslide in Mesa County, have been identified as 51 year-old Mesa County road worker Clancy Nichols, his 24-year-old son Danny and 46-year-old Wes Hawkins.  The slide is estimated to be four miles long, two miles wide and 250 feet deep in many places.  The three men have been missing since Sunday after the rain-saturated ridge collapsed.  The area of the slide is near the Vega Reservoir on the Grand Mesa, just east of Collbran.  Mesa County Sheriff Stan Hilkey said the three men were sent up to investigate disrupted irrigation Sunday. They were traveling in a vehicle and a 4-wheeler when the mudslide occurred.  Searchers looked for the men yesterday at the lower end of the slide. The upper portion is considered too unstable and is at risk of sliding again.

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