Coloradans caution for rock slide threat

By: Alicia Gentile Email
By: Alicia Gentile Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) -- Last night's rain loosened up the rocks and a large boulder came crashing down this morning. Luckily, no one was hurt. However, now that we are in rock slide season, it's important to know how to keep yourself and your family safe.

If you weren't traveling on I-70, pictures from the rock slide were all over social media of the nearly 10ft long boulder that tumbled into the eastbound lanes of the interstate early this morning. Officials say rock slides are a part of life in Colorado and it's important to be cautious.

This morning's rock slide was alarming for Michele Bisbee, she is the general manager of Mesa Moving and Storage and had three crews on the road.

"The first thought is, well, I hope that they weren't stuck in that situation where they were hurt or the truck was damaged or they were right there in the middle of it," said Michele Bisbee, the general manager of Mesa Moving and Storage.

Fortunately, Bisbee's drivers weren't hurt and her clients were understanding of the situation today.

Officials at the Colorado Department of Transportation or C-DOT recommend taking precaution during this time of year.

"Anytime that you're next to a rock cliff in Colorado, especially this time of year when we've had some rain or in the fall or in the spring when we have some freestyle action. There's definitely some potential for rocks to come down and you should be conscious of it," said Kane Schnieder of the Colorado Department of Transportation.

There are a few tips to know when it comes to staying safe in a rock slide. One, when you are driving be alert, look beyond your headlights, up and around. Listen for unusual sounds, but keep in mind, if you are driving 70 miles per hour on the highway, officials say you most likely won't hear the rocks falling. Lastly, if you're stuck in a rock or landslide outside of your car, you should curl up in a tight ball and protect your head.

If you have rocks coming down in front of you, C-DOT urges to stop as soon as you can and dial 911.

"The thing that you want to do is try and get stopped if you can and then be extra cautious before proceeding. Make sure that no more rocks are going to fall," said Schnieder.


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