Mesa County has declared a local emergency and recovery efforts have begun for the three men missing after the horrific mudslide Sunday (May 25) on the Grand Mesa.

The Mesa County Sheriff announced yesterday that search and rescue efforts were being cancelled due to the high risk of further slides along with a body of water that is building up behind and underneath the Mesa.

The Sheriff also announced that search efforts were changing to recovery efforts, because they no longer believe the missing men to be alive.

Our hearts and prayers go out to the friends and families of those lost.