GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. (CBS4) – After being reopened for about two hours on Saturday, all lanes of Interstate 70 through Glenwood Canyon closed due to a flash flood warning at around 3:30 p.m. Then they reopened again at around 5:30 p.m. when the warning expired.
Previously, lanes were closed since Thursday. Heavy rain washed large amounts of mud and debris across multiple parts of the interstate.
#I70 eastbound/westbound: Safety closure between Exit 111 – South Canyon and Exit 133 – Dotsero. Glenwood Canyon due to forecasted Precipitation/potential debris flow over the Grizzly Creek burn scar. Alt Route for through traffic is CO9/US40/CO13. https://t.co/8l7KIgHq70
— Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) (@ColoradoDOT) July 24, 2021
CBS4 Meteorologist Chris Spears says areas north of I-70 shouldn’t expect flooding on Saturday, but residents should also not let their guard down.
The Greater Eagle Fire Protection District shared video showing dark and fast water in the Colorado River as CDOT crews worked to clear debris.
“We want you all to be safe during these rain storms and if you see a CDOT employee give them a high five for all of their hard hard work!” the fire department stated on social media.
This has been the longest closure so far this week due to mudslides and flash flood warnings. Engineers are using heavy machinery to clear the debris which fell from the Grizzly Creek Fire burn scar.