Army Corps sends 3 engineers to Colorado landslide

Published June 2, 2014

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Three U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District engineers departed Sacramento today to provide technical assistance to state and local agencies responding to the massive West Salt Creek Landslide near Collbran, Colo.

In a May 29 request for assistance letter, Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management officials expressed concern about water pooling at the top of the landslide area that could cause significant flooding or more landslides if released. While the landslide has not been declared a federal disaster, the Corps has authority to provide technical assistance to states under Public Law 84-99 to help prevent or mitigate a potential disaster.

“This remains a dangerous situation and we’re ready and willing to do whatever we can to help prevent damage to the town of Collbran and nearby infrastructure,” said Paige Caldwell, Sacramento District emergency manager.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District provides planning, engineering, project management, environmental restoration and construction services to military and civilian customers in parts of eight western states, including California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Oregon and Wyoming.

Chris Gray

Release no. 14-030