Area of massive Colorado mudslide being remapped

By: Associated Press
June 1, 2014 Updated: June 1, 2014 at 3:39 pm
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This image provided by the Mesa County Joint Information Center shows an aerial view Saturday May 31, 2014, of the mudslide area. Gov. John Hickenlooper toured the mudslide area Saturday, about 11 miles south of Collbran, Colo. The slide measures about 3 miles long. Three men are missing after Sunday's landslide, which in places is a half-mile wide. Authorities are studying the site, on a northern face of Colorado's Grand Mesa, to understand what triggered the event. (AP Photo/Mesa County Joint Information Center)

COLLBRAN — Laser and radar technology is being used to remap the area of a massive mudslide in western Colorado, where three men are still missing.

Mesa County officials say two days of flights over a large area from Collbran to Vega Reservoir are underway. About 87 flights over the area will remap the topography of the slide and are aimed at getting a better sense of the new landscape.

The half-mile-wide by 3-mile-long slide, which was triggered May 25, is about 11 miles south of Collbran.

A memorial service is planned in Collbran on Sunday afternoon for the three missing men — 51-year-old Clarence "Clancy" Allen Nichols, his 24-year-old son, Daniel Allen Nichols, and 46-year-old Wesley "Wes" Melvin Hawkins.

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