Friday, May 27, 2016

West Salt Creek Landslide monitoring moves to elevated alert level

West Salt Creek Landslide
PLATEAU VALLEY, Colo – Due to increased activity with spring runoff in the area of the West Salt Creek Landslide, the Mesa County has initiated Response Level Two of the Emergency Preparedness Action Plan.

At 4:45 a.m. the pond at the West Salt Creek Landslide released water.

At 5:45 a.m. a new drainage channel was cut in the mass of the Landslide.

As a result Mesa County has initiated Response Level Two which advises residents in the residents in the area to be prepared to leave.

Mesa County Sheriff Deputies are contacting people who live nearby in addition to reverse 911 notifications.

West Salt Creek LandslideFriday
Road and Bridge equipment is being staged in Collbran as well as thousands of sand bags in the event flooding becomes an issue.

The initial water surge made it through the town of Collbran without overflowing the banks of Plateau Creek.

We do have reports of erosion on Salt Creek Road, a local county road.

As of 7:30 a.m. GPS monitoring has showed no land movement.

Right now the landslide is doing what we want and expect it to do. However if Mother Nature decides to take more land down, we want residents to be ready to evacuate.

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

For the media we will provide video of the landslide (call Sheriff PIO)

We have a team currently flying over the area and will continue to monitor the conditions until all potential hazards are meditated.


Personal Preparedness:

Make an emergency kit, develop a family emergency plan, and be prepared for any emergency that may strike your community. Visit at for personal preparedness information

Register your cell phone to receive community and emergency alerts from the 911 communications center. Register your device at

At this response level, residents should expect:

Prepositioning of emergency response equipment

Notification via reverse 911 directing you to

Flash Flood Watch issued by the National Weather Service

News Coverage of emergency conditions

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

Please contact the Mesa County Office of Public Work at 970-244- 1765 if you have specific questions not addressed in this post.

This is video of a section of Salt Creek Road taken at 6:45 a.m. The water level has significantly dropped in the last few hours.