New Castle pulls together to push dirt
NEW CASTLE – There’s nothing like a little mudslide to bring a community together. Town crews were busy Monday cleaning up the aftermath of a mudslide that swept across New Castle’s Main Street Sunday afternoon.The mudslide was the result of a burst of rain on the southwest corner of Mount Medaris. The debris flow then carried mud, water and rocks – some as big as a football – about a quarter mile from near the New Castle Veterinary Clinic to the First Baptist Church of New Castle, according to New Castle project coordinator Jim Stevens. At some points the mud and debris was 12- to 18-inches deep, he said. The flow primarily impacted Seventh Street, but there was debris as far east as Third Street.Stevens said there was no major damage.”Very minor (damage) – we were really lucky on that,” he said. “It was more that people had their yards washed out. … It was just an act of nature. I think we got off pretty light this time.”Stevens called Sunday’s response to the mudslide “a nice community effort” with private citizens, Colorado Department of Transportation workers, Burning Mountains firefighters, town staff and some council members all pitching in.”It was just a great team effort. Everybody stayed on task,” Stevens said.Despite the team effort, it was still a long night for crews. Stevens said he responded at about 5:45 p.m. Sunday and crews worked until about 1:30 a.m. Monday. Cleanup continued through Monday afternoon, with slower speed limits in place to keep the dust down.Council member Art Riddile headed to the flow area on Sunday to check on fellow council member Bob Gordon, who lives on Seventh Street.”I was just seeing if he or anybody else needed some help,” Riddile said. “There were quite a few people there helping out.”Riddile said CDOT and town workers did an exceptional job reacting to the mudslide, particularly considering the time and the fact it occurred on a weekend.”Everybody was giving it the extra effort, and everybody was pitching in,” he said. “We have a great staff at the town of New Castle. They just do a great job.”
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