Search halted for 3 missing after Colorado slide

Colorado Mudslide

COLLBRAN, Colo. (AP) — The search for three ranchers who disappeared after a huge mudslide in a remote part of western Colorado has been called off as authorities watch for another potential slide.

Mesa County Sheriff Stan Hilkey said the slide remains too unstable to continue looking for the men.

The three men were checking on problems with an irrigation ditch caused by an initial slide Sunday when a large chunk of a ridge broke off, sending soggy earth spilling like wet cement for 3 miles. The slide is about three-quarters of a mile across and several hundred feet deep at the center.

A depression created by the slide has been filling up with spring runoff since Sunday’s big slide, and it is unclear whether it will be able to contain all of it.

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