Experts say no immediate danger from pond that formed after fatal western Colorado mudslide


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COLLBRAN, Colorado — Nearly a year after a massive landslide killed three men in western Colorado, experts don't think a pond that formed near the top of the slide poses an immediate danger to residents.

The Daily Sentinel of Grand Junction ( ) reports that about 50 people from the Collbran area attended a community meeting on the slide Tuesday night.

US. Forest Service hydrologist Ben Stratton says the pond isn't likely to overflow any time soon. If it did, he says there is a lot of bumpy terrain and pond-like divots that would collect the water.

Jeff Coe, a geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, said any debris sent downhill likely wouldn't reach the end of the current slide site.

The May 25 slide was a half-mile wide by 3 miles long.

Information from: The Daily Sentinel,

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