Dillon’s rockslide site still unstable
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DILLON – A rockslide in Dillon is still being investigated, as
a retaining wall behind Walgreens failed dangerously close to roads and residences. Evergreen Road is being used to access Dillon Valley until further notice, as Little Beaver Trail is closed due to damage.
The slide – which happened May 24 – was said to be caused by a water-main break, and engineers were excavating the site Thursday for clues about why the retaining wall failed. Experts hired by both the town and property owners were present.
“We won’t have the results for a few days,” said Dillon’s town manager Devin Granbery. “It’ll be next week sometime.”
According to a May 24 report from Lake Dillon Fire-Rescue, the water-main break sent water down the 60-foot retaining wall, causing some of it to slump. Two homes located below the slump were evacuated and Little Beaver Trail was closed near 1st Bank. There were no injuries or accidents resulting from the break.
The water from the break damaged the parking lot area behind Walgreens (in the Dillon Ridge Shopping Center), the retaining wall directly behind the building (toward Little Beaver Trail) and the roadway itself.
Granbery said Little Beaver Trail is still closed, but town officials want to reopen the road “as soon as safety allows.”
“We can’t guarantee safety for folks using the road now, so we will wait,” Granbery added.
Local traffic can access the Dillon and Silverthorne sections of Little Beaver Trail, however.
Another top priority for the Town of Dillon is to re-establish connectivity of the entire water system in the damaged area.
“Nobody is without water service,” Granbery noted.
Caitlin Row can be reached at (970) 668-4633 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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