Emergency crews search for 3 people reported missing in area of western Colorado mudslide

COLLBRAN, Colo. (AP) — Rescue teams are searching for three men reported missing after a ridge collapsed following heavy rain in a remote part of western Colorado.

The mudslide happened yesterday near the town of Collbran, about 40 miles east of and near the edge of Grand Mesa, one of the world's largest flat topped mountains. Deputies estimate that the entire ridge had been moving for most of Sunday before someone called to report the slide at 6:15 p.m., describing it as sounding like a freight train.

Authorities say no structures or major roads have been affected. They say the unidentified men were possibly caught in the slide but haven't released any other details.

A cousin of one of the men says the three were checking for problems after a rancher reported that his irrigation ditch had stopped flowing. Bill Clark says the canyon now appears to be filled with about 700 feet of mud.

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213-a-16-(Sheriff Stan Hilkey, Mesa County, Colo., at news conference)-"at this time"-Mesa County Sheriff Stan Hilkey says three people disappeared after trying to find out why their water was cut off after the first mudslide. (26 May 2014)

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214-a-15-(Sheriff Stan Hilkey, Mesa County, Colo., at news conference)-"full of debris"-Mesa County Sheriff Stan Hilkey says the mudslide is enormous. (26 May 2014)

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216-a-08-(Sheriff Stan Hilkey, Mesa County, Colo., at news conference)-"the first slide"-Mesa County Sheriff Stan Hilkey says there's a threat of another mudslide. (26 May 2014)

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215-a-12-(Sheriff Stan Hilkey, Mesa County, Colo., at news conference)-"amount of concern"-Mesa County Sheriff Stan Hilkey says the mudslide is still a serious danger. (26 May 2014)

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217-a-16-(Sheriff Stan Hilkey, Mesa County, Colo., at news conference)-"from the air"-Mesa County Sheriff Stan Hilkey says searchers remain hopeful of finding the missing people. (26 May 2014)

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