Feb 15, 2011 2:37 PM by Andy Koen, Sharon Knight

Rock slide cleanup to begin

A specialized team of mountaineers are expected to arrive in western Fremont County later this afternoon to begin removing loose rocks and boulders from a cliff along US Hwy 50 where a massive rock slide took place Monday.

The process known as scaling is expected to take a day or two to complete before road crews can safely begin removing debris that is covering the highway just west of Cotopaxi.

Workers with the Colorado Department of Transportation estimated the slide to be anywhere from 70 to 100 feet wide.

Cotopaxi School Superintendent Geoff Gerk says they will likely have to cancel classes and school activities for the rest of the week. The rock slide has separated many students and teachers who live west of town in the communities of Coaldale and Howard from the school. 

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