Continuing rains trigger mudslide, flooding near Meeker, across state
August 29, 1999
Continuing monsoon rains triggered mudslides across Piceance Creek Road in northwestern Colorado, tornado warnings on the eastern plains and caused road flooding in the southern San Juan Mountains on Sunday.
Rio Blanco County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Rod Gerloff said numerous mudslides 6- to 8-feet deep blocked Piceance Creek Road for a stretch of three or four miles some 45 miles southwest of Meeker.
Road crews by evening had made the road to area mines and ranches passable for four-wheel drive vehicles, Gerloff said.
Tornado warnings were put out late Sunday afternoon by the National Weather Service for an area south of Elba in Washington County on the eastern plains but only a funnel cloud was confirmed during the heavy rains.
The Pueblo weather service office reported an inch of rain at Holy near the Kansas border, and runoff waters washing back roads in Mineral County between Rio Grande and Creed in the San Juan Mountains.
Heavy rains also were indicated in remote areas of northeast El Paso County, the weather bureau said.