Debris flow covers road in 10 feet of muck

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Debris flow covers road in 10 feet of muck

Old rockslide north of Durango buries East Animas Road

Debris flow covers road in 10 feet of muck

Charlie Brown, a resident on East Animas Road (County Road 250), looks at the debris flow from the Missionary Ridge rockslide Tuesday as it comes across a driveway and into an irrigation ditch. The debris flow, made of mud, rocks and trees, is about 10-feet deep where it crosses East Animas Road, which has been closed since Friday night. “I left home on Friday and drove through a little bit of debris on the road and it wasn’t a problem,” Brown said.

Debris flow covers road in 10 feet of muck

Thousands of tons of rock and mud flow across East Animas Road (County Road 250) on Tuesday driven by snowmelt on the Missionary Ridge rockslide north of Durango. East Animas Road has been closed since Friday because of the debris flow.

Debris flow covers road in 10 feet of muck

A map created by a Fort Lewis College class shows how rockfall is moving down Missionary Ridge. The blue shows where the rock pile used to be, and the red shows where the rock pile is moving to after rain events.

Debris flow covers road in 10 feet of muck

Snow melts on the Missionary Ridge rockslide Tuesday on the east side of the Animas Valley. Melting snow has moved thousands of tons of debris from the slide area onto East Animas Road (County Road 250), which is closed indefinitely.
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