Volunteers return to Rattlesnake avalanche site for cleanup efforts


MISSOULA, Mont. - A decreased avalanche danger in Missoula's Rattlesnake Valley allowed volunteer crews to continue cleaning up the wreckage at the site of last Friday's avalanche.

Volunteers with heavy machinery turned out to speed up the process, including crews with tractors and dump trucks. Montana Conservation Crops were on hand, as well as Home ReSource staff.

Volunteers continued working to recover victims' lost belongings, including a coin collection.

"We found some coins today. We're not sure if they're the right ones. We are still trying to sort through that. It's just a huge process," said volunteer Mike Dunn.

The site had been closed for the past few days due to the rain on top of snow, but authorities gave the go-ahead for the work to continue.