Hinsdale County Sheriff Justin Casey and his two daughters were at home when a when an avalanche hit around 6:30 a.m. Tuesday morning. CBS Denver reports the slide crushed the home located near Lake San Cristobal off Hinsdale County Road 30 in Hinsdale County.
15 rescuers were on scene and found Sheriff Casey and his daughters about an hour after the slide. Two suffered minor injuries and one suffered serious injuries. One of Sheriff Casey’s daughters was rushed to a hospital in Grand Junction.
Avalanche danger remains extremely high in much of Western Colorado high country. A dozen plus homes have been urged to voluntarily evacuate along Bluff Street in Lake City and other hillsides. The Lake City Armory has been opened as a shelter to those who must leave their homes. KKTV reports at about 6:27 p.m. on Tuesday there was a mandatory evacuation ordered for one of the subdivisions in the area.
8:07 p.m., March 12: Hinsdale County Search and Rescue successfully evacuated 11 people to Lake City in three separate evacuation operations today. The Lake City Armory remains open to anyone wishing to voluntarily evacuate tonight.
Today’s avalanche activities included three total avalanches which were reported and observed:
• An avalanche coming off Sunshine Peak destroyed one home and caused three injuries this morning
• An avalanche that came down on CR 30 past Lake San Cristobal into Hammonds Meadows damaged five power poles and is 25 feet deep
• A slide and observable fracture above the Monte Queen subdivision which lead to mandatory evacuations of seven homes with only three occupied.
The County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) will transition to remote operations at 8:30 p.m. and open again at 7 a.m. tomorrow, Wednesday, March 13.
Overnight the EOC staff will monitor the snow impacts and weather. There are no other operations planned overnight.This is the final update tonight unless the situation worsens.
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