Mudslides Trap Drivers On Highway 24 At Manitou Springs

MANITOU SPRINGS, Colo. (CBS4)– Rain caused mudslides in the Waldo Canyon burn area on Wednesday, closing westbound U.S. Highway 24 at Manitou Springs.

Crews from the Colorado Department of Transportation worked to remove the mudslide which covered two lanes of the highway.

The mud also covered several vehicles stuck on the highway. Those cars were left lined up, in the mud-covered lanes. Crews were working to rescue some drivers who got trapped in the wall of mud.

Crews used bulldozers to try to remove the mud and debris that came rushing down the embankment onto the highway.

An image from the mudslide (credit: Colorado State Police)

An image from the mudslide (credit: Colorado State Police)

An image from the mudslide (credit: Colorado State Police)

An image from the mudslide (credit: Colorado State Police)

An image from the mudslide (credit: Colorado State Police)

An image from the mudslide (credit: Colorado State Police)

The mudslides in the area have become more frequent during rainstorms after last summer’s Waldo Canyon Fire near the area. The mud contains a lot of burn debris and ash and is unhampered by lack of vegetation in the area.

The American Red Cross opened a shelter for people seeking higher ground.

Wildfire Resources

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