Tuesday, May 31, 2016

UPDATE: West Salt Creek Landslide monitoring continues

Road and Bridge crews fixing road
Saturday, May 28, 2016
PLATEAU VALLEY, Colo - After careful monitoring over the holiday weekend, Mesa County has decided to remain at a Level Two Response.

There is still a significant amount of snow left to melt that is expected to flow into the pond.

As of Tuesday (May 31, 2016) afternoon, the sag pond level is at 15 feet (compared 20 feet Thursday) and is showing signs of stabilizing.

GPS monitoring continues to shows no movement of the slide mass.

Right now the landslide is doing what we want and expect it to do. However, if Mother Nature decides to move more land down the landslide, we want residents to be ready to evacuate.
Road and Bridge crews fixing road
Saturday, May 28, 2016

We want Salt Creek Road residents to be prepared to move to higher ground.

That is why we are urging people to STAY OUT of the area that includes Media.

The Landslide itself is on private property and property owned by U.S. Forest Service. It is closed to public because of the DANGER it poses. Trespassing on private property is prohibited.

Mesa County Road and Bridge crews began work Saturday repairing the damage to Salt Creek Road otherwise known as 60 ½ Road.

The initial surge of water released from the sag pond Friday morning left mud and debris on about 1/4 of a mile of the dirt road. At one point the flood waters reached 8 feet high in Salt Creek.

Work has completed on Salt Creek Road, but it still remains closed. It is open to local traffic only.


 Personal Preparedness:

 Make an emergency kit, develop a family emergency plan, and be  prepared for any emergency that may strike your community. Visit  Ready.gov at https://www.ready.gov for personal preparedness  information

 Register your cell phone to receive community and emergency alerts from the 911 communications center. Register your device at http://www.gjcity.org/EmergencyNotifications/

At this response level, residents should expect:
  1. Prepositioning of emergency response equipment
  2. Notification via reverse 911 directing you to 
  3. Flash Flood Watch issued by the National Weather Service 
  4. News Coverage of emergency conditions 
  5. Resources (i.e. sandbags) available to community 
Evacuation Routes: Please familiarize yourself with the following evacuation routes and rally points. It is important that you identify and prioritize these routes based on where you live and work.

1. Salt Creek Area: East on Hwy 330 to Clover Ln
    a. Assemble at cemetery for evacuation assistance if necessary
    b. May self-evacuate on Hwy 330 E to Silt, CO.

2. 57 ½ Rd south then west through Molina to Mesa Community Center
    a. Evacuation assistance will be organized at Mesa Community Center

3. Kimball Creek Rd north to 58 7/10 Rd east
    a. Park along right shoulder leaving one lane clear for traffic
    b. Wait for water to recede or standby for evacuation direction if required