DACONO, Colo. (CBS4)– Crews with the Colorado Department of Transportation used snowplows to clear standing water from Interstate 25 Saturday night.

Six inches of standing water accumulated on both directions of I-25 near Dacono after thunderstorms brought heavy rain to the area. All lanes were closed at 7 p.m.

Northbound lanes opened to traffic at about 8:45 p.m. But it wasn’t until 10:30 that southbound lanes reopened.

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The storms affected several other highways along the Front Range. Lefthand Canyon was closed for several hours until 2 a.m. Sunday because of mudslides, rock slides and debris accumulating in the canyon.

Highway 34 five miles west of Loveland was also closed for the same reasons. Campers described large rocks tumbling down Big Thompson Canyon.

“Water was just gushing down on the side of the rocks. On the mountains, rocks were coming down, mud, flood, it was pretty wild,” said one camper.

He and his family had left a campsite in Drake to get a tarp. When they tried to return, they found themselves trapped by the closure for several hours.

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Those areas were under either a Flash Flood Advisory or Flash Flood Warning as the storms moved in Saturday afternoon.


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