Denver Post ·

Residents along Salt Creek Road were loading up horses Wednesday, lining up a moving truck for a 127-year-old grand piano, boxing up baby pictures and reassuring anxious relatives by phone that they were keeping a close eye on the huge landslide on the mountain above them. About 35 of them were warned by the Mesa County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday night that they should be prepared to leave at any time. A lake of trapped water is building up behind a huge earthen slab at the top of the slide and could send another torrent of mud down Salt Creek and into this neighborhood of ranches. The unusually massive slide, which is three miles long and half-mile wide, first let go Sunday afternoon .