For one Durango couple, new concrete wall kept them safe from mudslides

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For one Durango couple, new concrete wall kept them safe from mudslides

Day after heavy rain caused flooding because of fire-scarred land, campers recount the deluge

For one Durango couple, new concrete wall kept them safe from mudslides

John and Fran Reynolds, who live in the 35000 block of U. S. Highway 550 north of Durango, describe on Wednesday how the rush of water and debris came down the hillside Tuesday night with their home directly in front of it. But thanks to a 9-foot backfilled concrete wall that they built two weeks ago, the house was spared.
John Reynolds built a concrete wall two weeks ago in an effort to keep flooding and mudslides from destroying his house and property on U.S. Highway 550, about 14 miles north of Durango. The water flow removed about 6 feet deep of soil next to it during heavy rain Tuesday night. The slides come from the scarred area of the 416 Fire.
John Reynolds built a concrete wall two weeks ago in an effort to keep flooding and mudslides from destroying his house and property on U.S. Highway 550, about 14 miles north of Durango. The water flow removed about 6 feet deep of soil next to it during heavy rain Tuesday night. The slides come from the scarred area of the 416 Fire.
John Reynolds said a boulder was exposed after water and debris flows raged down the hillside next to his house in the 35000 block of U.S. Highway 550 north. Thanks to a 9-foot backfilled concrete wall Reynolds built two weeks ago, the house was spared from the floods and mudslides on Tuesday night.
Fran Reynolds walks through rocks and dirt on Wednesday next to her house after water and debris flows on Tuesday night raged down the hillside next their home west of U.S. Highway 550 and about 14 miles north of Durango.
John Reynolds shows how deep the water and debris flows were on Tuesday night next to his house above U.S. Highway 550 north of Hermosa. Mudslides and rockslides from the land scarred by the 416 Fire flooded the highway and County Road 250, prompting the evacuation of a KOA Campground and the roads to be closed overnight.

For one Durango couple, new concrete wall kept them safe from mudslides

Fran Reynolds walks through rocks and dirt on Wednesday next to her house after water and debris flows on Tuesday night raged down the hillside next their home west of U.S. Highway 550 and about 14 miles north of Durango.

For one Durango couple, new concrete wall kept them safe from mudslides

A map shows the area affected by mudslides, rockslides and flooding Tuesday night.
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