Wednesday, July 30, 2014

West Salt Creek Landslide - precipitation effects

Recent precipitation is part of a natural cycle that helps the land seek natural balance. The rain helps compact the soil, adding to the natural settling of the area.

When a large storm cell moves through the area, Mesa County staff monitors remotely through the cameras and GPS sensors, and then a crew member visits the site to physically observe. The pond level is monitored by USGS, and reports are daily plotted on a graph found at click here
Today the area shows expected effect from the monsoonal rain cell that passed through our area, leaving more than an inch of rain. While we cannot absolutely predict the outcomes of nature, it appears the status quo continues - GPS sensors show continued minor settlement of the large block of soil, and the pond level monitor reflects what would be expected; a very slight increase of approximately 2 inches in the pond level due to precipitation.

Since we are in the monsoonal season we anticipate a series of storms will move through the area. We will continue to monitor and provide updates as needed.

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