Mudslide cleared from road into Marble |

Mudslide cleared from road into Marble

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A sudden thunderstorm on Wednesday afternoon sent massive amounts of mud and water flowing over Gunnison County Road 3 outside Marble, covering the road with between 4 and 8 feet of debris and cutting the tiny village’s main link to the rest of the world.

According to Judy Pettijohn, wife of Mayor Robert Pettijohn, the storm hit at about 4 p.m. The mayor works for the Gunnison County Public Works department and was on the crew that managed to clear one lane of the road by about 11 p.m. Wednesday night, his wife reported.

She said the local fire department was monitoring the event, as a second storm system was expected to hit the area two hours after the 4 p.m. storm, but the second wave bypassed the area.

The road is now open for traffic, Judy Pettijohn reported.

The mayor was on the job on Thursday afternoon and could not be reached for comment.

Marble is a village of fewer than 100 residents located at the end of the pavement on CR 3.

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