Grand Mesa landslide 'pond' growing, but no significant movement of slide area near Collbran

COLLBRAN, Colo. - One month after a deadly landslide on Grand Mesa, Mesa County officials say the "pond" formed during a slide is growing, but there has been no significant movement of the landslide.

"There are no new concerns," according to Mesa County operations commander, Peter Baier. "Mesa County experts and others continue working to understand what happened and to learn the depth and volume of the landslide area."

The 2.7-mile-long slide occurred May 25 near Collbran on Grand Mesa, about 40 miles east of Grand Junction.

Eight monitoring devices have been placed on and near the slide area. The devices include cameras, a pressure transducer and two rain gauges.

Baier said the large landslide area does not appear to be moving in a substantial way, but there is movement.

"We see some areas settling, or compressing," Baier explained. "Rock fall occurs frequently from the rim, the area where the land broke away, which is on US Forest Service land. The area below the block, where the flow of mud occurred, is drying out, and compressing."

The slide killed 46-year-old Melvin Wesley Hawkins, 51-year-old Clarence Allen "Clancy" Nichols and Nichols' 24-year-old son, Daniel Allen Nichols.

Their bodies haven't been found.

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