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Mudslides In Poudre Canyon Bring Boulders Down On Highway 14

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Boulders brought down by a mudslide in Poudre Canyon (credit: CBS)

Boulders brought down by a mudslide in Poudre Canyon (credit: CBS)

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LARIMER COUNTY, (CBS4) – Parts of the Poudre Canyon were closed Saturday as crews cleaned up debris from two big mudslides Friday night.

The canyon is prone to slides after last year’s High Park Fire. Large rocks, logs and mud covered Highway 14.

The area got hit by about 2 inches of rain.

“This came from 5 minutes of rain,” said a driver who got stuck.

“We were driving up and before we stopped we saw the river got real, real dark,” said Stephen Knauff, who was stranded for about 2 hours. “We saw a good amount of stuff piled up on the road, so we turned around.”

Nobody was injured in the slides.

“It’s a rock, combination with mud, combination with burnt timber from the High Park Fire,” Paul Dirks with the Colorado State Patrol said. “It’s Mother Nature. We never know when it’s going to happen.”

Flooding remains a concern as more rain is expected.

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