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Highway 14 Reopens After Mud Slides Onto Road

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Mud along Highway 14 on Monday (credit: CBS)

Mud along Highway 14 on Monday (credit: CBS)

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FORT COLLINS, Colo. (CBS4) – A mudslide shut down Highway 14 west of Fort Collins for several hours Monday morning.

The slide was located six miles west of Ted’s Place in the Poudre Canyon, and it brought lots of debris with it.

Road crews tried to bring in a plow but it wasn’t enough to clear the mud and debris so they had to call in heavier equipment.

“We had some scattered showers over the northwest portion of the state again overnight and there is just not enough vegetation up in that area to take all this rain, and some more mud came down on Highway 14,” CDOT spokesman Ryan Drake said.

The area around Highway 14 in Larimer County is particularly susceptible to flooding because of the High Park Fire. The devastating wildfire burned hillsides along stretches of the highway.

Colorado Department of Transportation suggested avoiding the area Monday morning, mainly because there aren’t easy detours for Highway 14.

“You might just want to wait this one out,” Drake said.

The highway reopened after 10 a.m. on Monday.

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