Flash flood warning and subsequent mudslides name for I-70 closure by way of Glenwood Canyon – CBS Denver
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, color (CBS4) – Interstate 70 was closed again on Saturday due to a flash flood warning through Glenwood Canyon. Minutes later, the Colorado Department of Transportation says mud and debris came down the mountain at five different points on the freeway. The same stretch between Rifle and Dotsero has been closed several times over the past week as storms caused heavy rainfall over Counties Eagle and Garfield.
Saturday’s slides are located 10 miles east of Glenwood Springs at mile 128. The clutter spans both sides of the interstate – the raised lanes going west and the lower lanes going east.
“When the NWS warning came at 3:15 am, we immediately went into our log to close I-70 for security closure. This slide occurred almost immediately after the weather service issued its flash flood warning, ”CDOT’s Lisa Schwantes told CBS4.
I-70 Glenwood Canyon is CLOSED. A debris flow covered EB and WB traces. Travelers should be aware that this is an extended closure. No expected opening time.
– Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) (@ColoradoDOT) July 3, 2021
Schwantes said dozens of vehicles are currently stuck between the slides in the lanes heading east. There are no reports of injuries.
“Due to the limited space on the freeway in the Canyon, a limited number of devices can be safely operated in the corridor,” CDOT said in a press release. “The removal of mud and debris requires extensive work in the evening and at night.”
Schwantes said the crews were hoping to have the interstate reopened by Sunday morning.
The flash flood warning expires at 5 p.m. CDOT crews have not started any clean-up work until then.
“You have to be sure too,” said Schwantes.
No one was reportedly injured in the previous mudslides. A Colorado Springs woman described the moment when a mudslide crashed over her vehicle and others as she drove through the canyon last week.