Jan 26, 2010 10:35 AM by Associated Press

Avalanche slams Durango home

Heavy snow in southwest Colorado is causing avalanches, including one that slammed into a Durango home.

That avalanche below Animas Mountain crashed into a three-level house, blasting loose drywall and filling a bedroom with snow. But no one was hurt because the residents hadn't moved in yet.

Two other avalanches have hit the Durango area in recent days, blocking two county roads. No one has been injured in any of the slides.

La Plata County officials say heavy snow in the last week has increased avalanche risk and threatened flat-roofed buildings. Officials are warning residents to be wary of large accumulations of snow on steep slopes.


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