LAMAR, Colo. (CBS4) – The Colorado Department of Transportation had to close roads in southeast Colorado due to low visibility caused by a dust storm that’s been blamed for accidents.

(credit; Jeannie Dresen of Yuma)

(credit; Jeannie Dresen of Yuma)

According to CDOT, Highway 287 had zero visibility south of Lamar to the Oklahoma state line and several crashes occurred.

(credit; Jeannie Dresen of Yuma)

(credit; Jeannie Dresen of Yuma)

US 34 had to be closed both directions Brush to Akron because an accident and Colorado 71 was closed Brush to Limon because of adverse conditions. US 34 reopened shortly after 3 p.m.

“If significant blowing dust is present and reducing visibility to less than 10 miles across a wide area, people with heart or lung disease, older adults, and children in the affected area should reduce prolonged or heavy indoor and outdoor exertion,” the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment said in a statement.

Additional Information From The Department Of Public Health

Affected Areas: large portions of eastern Colorado, including Morgan, Washington, Yuma, Elbert, Lincoln, Kit Carson, Cheyenne, El Paso, Pueblo, Crowley, Kiowa, Otero, Bent, Prowers, Baca and eastern portions of Adams, Arapahoe and Las Animas counties. Cities include, but are not limited to Fort Morgan, Akron, Wray, Deer Trail, Kiowa, Limon, Hugo, Burlington, Cheyenne Wells, Colorado Springs, Pueblo, Ordway, Eads, La Junta, Las Animas, Lamar, Kim and Springfield.


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