Following a noon press conference, where the Mesa County Sheriff announced the agency will stop search and rescue efforts due to the high risk of further movement of the mudslide and a large body of water that is building up behind and underneath the Mesa, Tom Fisher, County Administrator, directed the preparation of a Declaration of Emergency.
“The Declaration of Emergency is being done so that the proper resources can be gathered from the State of Colorado and the federal government. It will allow Mesa County, the local residents and Forest Service to properly assess the ongoing risk to life and property in the area. This Declaration is largely being done to assess risk, since we don't have the expertise or the jurisdiction to fully support the assessment,” states Tom Fisher.
A copy of the Declaration of Emergency is shown below.