Precipitation raises risk for mudslides

By: Christy Dimond Email
By: Christy Dimond Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) -- April showers bring May flowers but this year’s showers could also bring more chance for mudslides and rockslides.

John David, Colorado Department of Transportation Maintenance Superintendent for the Western Slope, said the recent precipitation makes it likely this will be a more difficult spring for slides.

“It can be pretty treacherous at times,” David said. “The ground gets saturated and it can only absorb so much so once that happens it’s going to run down hill and unfortunately our highway paths are in those paths in a lot of areas.”

CDOT has more than 200 maintenance workers on the Western Slope who will be working to keep ditches between mountains and roads clear in an effort to catch any falling rocks or mud.

David said mountain corridors, such as through the DeBeque and Glenwood canyons, are most prone to rockslides and mudslides.

CDOT is encouraging drivers to be alert for crews working on the sides of roads, to drive the speed limit and to check road conditions at before heading out.

Gezzel Rodgers, a Grand Junction based truck driver, said she’s seen many slides in her 20 years of driving. She said spring is the worst time of the year to be a truck driver.

“In winter, the snow is hard and fluffy but in the springs it’s always wet so it’s slicker,” she said.

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