East Animas Road reopens after almost monthlong closure

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East Animas Road reopens after almost monthlong closure

Debris was too wet to haul until this week
John Petrucka with La Plata County Road and Bridge operates a front-end loader Wednesday to remove mud and debris that covered East Animas Road (County Road 250). The road reopened Wednesday after closing March 22 when mud and rocks from the Missionary Ridge slide covered the road north of Durango.

East Animas Road reopens after almost monthlong closure

John Petrucka with La Plata County Road and Bridge operates a front-end loader Wednesday to remove mud and debris that covered East Animas Road (County Road 250). The road reopened Wednesday after closing March 22 when mud and rocks from the Missionary Ridge slide covered the road north of Durango.

East Animas Road reopens after almost monthlong closure

Butch Knowlton, La Plata County’s director of Office of Emergency Management, said mud and debris slides this spring dumped the most amount of material on East Animas Road in recent memory. The road opened Wednesday after being closed for almost a month.

East Animas Road reopens after almost monthlong closure

Roy Smith, left, and Robert Glasgow, both with La Plata County Road and Bridge, clear a culvert of mud Wednesday as crews prepare to open East Animas Road (County Road 250). Crews have been unable to haul debris because it has been too wet, county officials said.
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