SAN MIGUIEL COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – Heavy rain sent a wave of mud down part of Highway 145 in San Miguel County on Tuesday afternoon. The sheriff’s office says mudslides on the eastern part of the county closed numerous roads including the highway east of Telluride at East Colorado Avenue.
Black Bear Pass, sheriff’s officials say, is closed between San Juan and San Miguel counties. Bridal Veil and Tomboy Roads are also closed.
At around 6 p.m., deputies said they were working to rescue a distressed hiker on Imogene Pass and people in a car on Black Bear Pass.
“On top of everything, we have people driving on dangerous passes w/ little or no experience, & ill-equipped for weather-related emergencies,” the sheriff’s office stated on social media.
Deputies, SAR working 2 rescues: 1- Imogene Pass for a distressed hiker; 2- Black Bear Pass for motorist/occupants needing help. Sheriff:"On top of everything, we have people driving on dangerous passes w/ little or no experience, & ill-equipped for weather-related emergencies."
— San Miguel Sheriff (@SheriffAlert) July 21, 2021
The sheriff’s office says some residents are choosing to evacuate.