Rockslide forces road closure near Durango | KOB 4

Rockslide forces road closure near Durango

Meg Hilling
March 27, 2019 06:57 PM

DURANGO, CO- A section of County Road 250, north of Durango, is closed indefinitely following heavy debris flow from a rockslide above it.


According to La Plata County officials, historic snowfall in southwest Colorado, this winter has put exceptional pressure on the decades old rockslide, forcing major debris flow from it.

"As it slides down, it is sliding down as if it was in a funnel and is now directing all of that material into a very narrow ravine,” said Butch Knowlton, Office of Emergency Management Director. "The slide occurred in '98. 2005 is when we saw the first movement again from snow-melt and then it's been periodic. But this last week to 10 days has by far been the most volume that we've seen come from that massive rockslide."

According to county officials, more debris is expected to flow down from the rockslide in the days and weeks ahead, and that there is no telling when this section of county road 250 will reopen.

Despite the road being closed, some drivers still tried to cross but got stuck.

Officials said residents, especially those near the rockslide and along the 416 fire burn scar, should prepare for some very messy months ahead.

"I think right now, just pay attention and watch. We are doing our best to watch the conditions up there,” Knowlton said.


Meg Hilling

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