Preparing for emergencies involves considering and planning for the worst. This can lead to some concerning thoughts, however when distributing information the goal is to share potentially relevant information not cause undue alarm…

During the Coal Creek Flood of 2013 there were a number of “debris slides” (aka mud slides) of varying sizes. These occurred mainly down the canyon, especially along Highway 72 and around Blue Mountain Estates, however they could occur wherever we have steep inclines. One slide in particular caused significant property damage, and could have been far worse. Slides are a concern for our mountain community, especially since the last flood.

Further, one of the concerns for the spring run-off are additional debris slides. In order to share information, here are some snippets from the USGS “Landslide Hazards” document below:

During Intense Storms:

1. Stay alert and stay awake! Many debris-flow fatalities occur when people are sleeping. Listen to a radio for warnings of intense rainfall. Be aware that intense short bursts of rain may be particularly dangerous, especially after longer periods of heavy rainfall and damp weather.

2. If you are in areas susceptible to landslides and debris flows, consider leaving if it is safe to do so. Remember that driving during an intense storm is hazardous.

3. Listen for any unusual sounds that might indi- cate moving debris, such as trees cracking or boulders knocking together. A trickle of flowing or falling mud or debris may precede larger flows. If you are near a stream or channel, be alert for any sudden increase or decrease in water flow and for a change from clear to muddy water. Such changes may indicate debris flow activity upstream, so be prepared to move quickly. Don’t delay! Save yourself, not your belongings.

4. Be especially alert when driving. Embankments along roadsides are particularly susceptible to landslides. Watch the road for col – lapsed pavement, mud, fallen rocks, and other indications of possible debris flows.


What to do if you suspect imminent landslide danger:

1. Evacuate.

2. Contact your local fire, police, or public works department.

3. Inform affected neighbors

For complete information please consult this USGS document:

Further, please consider signing up for emergency notifications. Emergency notification services are one tool that could be used in future incidents.