Updated Grand River Health COVID-19 cumulative stats for August 3, 2021

RIFLE, COLO. – The following are updated statistics from Grand River Health:

Grand River Health COVID-19 cumulative stats – 8/3/2021:

Number of individuals tested: 9,308
Positive results: 1,507
Pending results: 29
New positives since 7/27/21: 10
Patients admitted with COVID-19 since outbreak began: 58
Patients transferred: 13
Patients discharged: 44

Reported numbers are from Grand River Health only and could change at any time.

Vaccine Update: Grand River Health is offering COVID-19 vaccinations to the general public ages 12+ in our clinics in Rifle and Battlement Mesa. Please call 625-1100 (option 1) to schedule.

All clinic services, hospital and specialty services and After Hours care are open. All patients will be screened appropriately. All appointments can be made by calling 625-1100. Patients are asked to wear an ear loop mask while in the facility.

Updated Grand River Health COVID-19 cumulative stats for August 3, 2021

Updated Valley View COVID-19 cumulative stats

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, COLO. – The following are updated statistics from Valley View:

Valley View COVID-19 cumulative stats – 8/3/21:
Specimens collected thru Valley View: 31,097
Positive results: 2,293
Patients admitted with COVID-19 since outbreak began: 289
Admitted patients discharged: 250

Definitions:

Specimens collected: These are specimens collected by Valley View providers that are tested by Valley View’s laboratory in Glenwood Springs or sent to an outside laboratory to conduct COVID-19 testing. This is a cumulative number.

Positive results: These are the number of positive COVID-19 results returned from the Valley View specimens tested. This definition is updated on April 21 to clarify that the positive results represent positive patients. This is a cumulative number.

Patients admitted with COVID-19 since outreach began: Patients with a positive COVID-19 test who have been hospitalized at Valley View. This is a cumulative number.

Admitted patients discharged: Of admitted patients with a positive COVID-19 test, number who have been discharged from Valley View Hospital. Patients may be discharged to recover at home, to hospice or to psychiatric care. This is a cumulative number.  

Additional questions:

“From whom is Valley View collecting specimens?” Valley View is testing:

  • Patients who are symptomatic and have been referred by their primary care provider.
  • Patients undergoing medically necessary surgery.
  • Patients undergoing designated procedures that are high risk for aerosol generation.
  • Patients with a referral from their primary care provider for a test needed for work or travel.

“What kind of PCR test does Valley View offer?” Currently, Valley View has a nasopharyngeal PCR test. For the nasopharyngeal swab, a special swab of the nose occurs, it is then placed in a tube and sent for testing.

“What is the difference between the number of patients admitted and number of patients discharged?” The difference between the number of patients and admitted patients discharged represents current hospitalized patients, patients transferred to other hospitals or those who have passed away. For example, if there are 21 patients admitted and 16 discharged, the difference is five. This is a cumulative number representing the entirety of Valley View’s efforts caring for COVID-19 patients. Therefore five total patients are hospitalized, have been transferred to a hospital as they need a higher level of care or, unfortunately, have passed away. Valley View will not offer additional details so as to protect their privacy.

“What is the turnaround for test results?”  At this point, Valley View is receiving test results same-day to 48 hours. The variability in time is due to the type of test ordered by the provider. For example, an individual experiencing a medical emergency may require a rapid test.

“The number of positive tests is not the same as admitted patients. Why?” Not all positive patients require hospitalization. For patients with mild symptoms, his/her doctor may recommend that they recover at home with specific instructions (e.g. isolation, monitor symptoms). Other positive patients may be very ill and need hospitalization.

“What is the status of these individual hospitalized patients?” Per the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Valley View will not speak to the specific status of an individual patient.

Updated Valley View COVID-19 cumulative stats

NWS: Flash flood warning for Grizzly Creek Fire burn area

National Weather Service

Aug. 3, 2021, 3:49 p.m.: The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning for the Grizzly Creek Fire burn area, including the Deadhorse and French Creek drainages, remains in effect until 4:45 p.m. this afternoon in western Eagle and east central Garfield counties. At 3:49 p.m. MDT, Doppler radar and automated rain gauges indicated thunderstorms producing heavy rain over the Grizzly Creek Fire Burn
Area, including Deadhorse and French Creek drainages.

Between 0.4 and 0.6 inches of rain have fallen. The expected rainfall rate is 0.3 to 0.7 inches in 1 hour. Flash flooding is ongoing or expected to begin shortly. Excessive rainfall over the burn scar will result in debris flow moving through the Grizzly Creek burn scar mainly in the Deadhorse and French Creek drainages. The debris flow can consist of rock, mud, vegetation and other loose materials.

HAZARD – Life-threatening flash flooding. Thunderstorms producing flash flooding in and around the Grizzly Creek Fire Burn Area Deadhorse and French Creek drainages.
SOURCE – Radar and automated gauges.
IMPACT – Life-threatening flash flooding of areas in and around the Grizzly Creek Fire Burn Area in the Deadhorse and
French Creek drainages. Some locations that will experience flash flooding include eastern end of the Grizzly Creek burn scar. This includes the following highways Interstate 70 in Colorado between mile markers 123 and 129, which are closed to traffic.
FLASH FLOOD – Radar and gauge indicated.
FLASH FLOOD DAMAGE THREAT – Considerable
EXPECTED RAINFALL – 0.3-0.7 inches in one hour.
Instructions: This is a life-threatening situation. Heavy rainfall will cause extensive and severe flash flooding of creeks streams and ditches in the Grizzly Creek Fire Burn Area including Deadhorse and French Creek drainages. Severe debris flows can also be anticipated across roads. Roads and driveways may be washed away in places. If you encounter flood waters, climb to safety. Turn around, don`t drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles.

NWS: Flash flood warning for Grizzly Creek Fire burn area

NWS: Flash Flood Warning for Pine Gulch Fire burn area

National Weather Service

Flash Flood Warning
National Weather Service Grand Junction CO
8:43 PM MDT Mon Aug 2 2021

The National Weather Service in Grand Junction has issued a

* Flash Flood Warning for the Pine Gulch Fire Burn Area including the Kimball, North Dry Fork and Roan Creek drainages in southwestern Garfield County in west central Colorado, and north central Mesa County in west central Colorado.

Map of Flash Flood Warning area

* Until 10:45 PM MDT.

* At 8:43 PM MDT, Doppler radar indicated thunderstorms producing heavy rain over the Pine Gulch Fire Burn Area including the Kimball, North Dry Fork and Roan Creek Drainages. Between 0.3 and 0.6 inches of rain have fallen. The expected rainfall rate is 0.7 to 1.3 inches in 1 hour. Flash flooding is ongoing or expected to begin shortly.

Excessive rainfall over the burn scar will result in debris flow moving through the Kimball, North Dry Fork and Roan Creek drainages. The debris flow can consist of rock, mud, vegetation and other loose
materials.

HAZARD…Thunderstorms producing flash flooding in and around the Pine Gulch Fire Burn Area including the Kimball, North Dry Fork and Roan Creek drainages.

SOURCE…Radar.

IMPACT…Life threatening flash flooding of areas in and around the Pine Gulch Fire burn area, including the Kimball, North Dry Fork and Roan Creek drainages.

* Some locations that will experience flash flooding include northern and eastern portions of the Pine Gulch burn scar.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS

Heavy rainfall will cause flash flooding of creeks…streams…and ditches in the Pine Gulch Fire Burn Area including the Kimball, North Dry Fork and Roan Creek drainages. Severe debris flows can also be anticipated across roads. Roads and driveways may be washed away in places. If you encounter flood waters…climb to safety.

Turn around, don’t drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles.

Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize the dangers of flooding.

&&

FLASH FLOOD…RADAR INDICATED FLASH FLOOD DAMAGE THREAT…CONSIDERABLE EXPECTED RAINFALL…0.7-1.3 INCHES IN 1 HOUR

NWS: Flash Flood Warning for Pine Gulch Fire burn area

NWS: Flash Flood Warning for Grizzly Creek Fire burn area

National Weather Service

20:27 PM, Aug 2, 2021
The National Weather Service in Grand Junction has issued a

* Flash Flood Warning for the Grizzly Creek Fire Burn Area in western Eagle County in west central Colorado, east central Garfield County in west central Colorado

* Until 1030 PM MDT.

* At 827 PM MDT, Doppler radar indicated thunderstorms producing heavy rain over the eastern part of the Grizzly Creek Fire burn area in the Deadhorse Creek and French Creek basins Between 0.3 and 0.6 inches of rain have fallen. The expected rainfall rate is 0.5 to 1 inch in 1 hour.

Flash flooding is ongoing or expected to begin shortly.

Excessive rainfall over the burn scar will result in debris flow moving through Dead Horse and French Creek drainages. The debris flow can consist of rock, mud, vegetation and other loose materials.

HAZARD…Thunderstorms producing flash flooding in and around the Grizzly Creek Fire Burn Area.

SOURCE…Radar.

IMPACT…Life threatening flash flooding of areas in and around the Grizzly Creek Fire Burn Area.

* Some locations that will experience flash flooding include Deadhorse and French Creek Basins.

This includes the following highways – Interstate 70 in Colorado between mile markers 125 and 129.

This includes the following streams and drainages – Deadhorse and French Creeks

FLASH FLOOD…RADAR INDICATED FLASH FLOOD DAMAGE THREAT…CONSIDERABLE EXPECTED RAINFALL…0.5-1 INCH IN 1 HOUR Instructions: Heavy rainfall will cause extensive and severe flash flooding of creeks…streams…and ditches in the Grizzly Creek Fire Burn Area. Severe debris flows can also be anticipated across roads. Roads and driveways may be washed away in places. If you encounter flood waters…climb to safety. Turn around, don`t drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles.

National Weather Service

Roan and Tavaputs Plateaus-Elkhead and Park Mountains-Grand and Battlement Mesas-Gore and Elk Mountains/Central Mountain Valleys-West Elk and Sawatch Mountains-Flat Tops-Uncompahgre Plateau and Dallas Divide-Northwest San Juan Mountains-Southwest San Juan Mountains
Including the cities of Rio Blanco, Columbine, Hahns Peak, Toponas, Skyway, Aspen, Vail, Snowmass, Crested Butte, Taylor Park, Marble, Buford, Trappers Lake, Ridgway, Glade Park, Telluride, Ouray, Lake
City, Silverton, Rico, and Hesperus
2:30 PM MDT Mon Aug 2, 2021

Map of Flash Flood Watch area

FLASH FLOOD WATCH NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL MIDNIGHT MDT TONIGHT…FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM TUESDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH TUESDAY EVENING

The Flash Flood Watch is now in effect for

* Portions of northwest Colorado, southwest Colorado and west central Colorado.

* Until Midnight MDT tonight.

* A disturbance moving across the region in addition to monsoonal moisture entrenched across much of western Colorado and eastern Utah will support strong thunderstorms capable of producing heavy
rainfall this afternoon and evening. This watch includes the Grizzly Creek, Pine Gulch, Pack Creek, Lake Christine, 416 and the East Canyon Fire burn scars.

* Burn scars will be especially susceptible to heavy rainfall leading to quick runoff responses with debris and mud flows likely.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS

You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action should Flash Flood Warnings be issued.

&&

The National Weather Service in Grand Junction has issued a

* Flash Flood Watch for portions of northwest Colorado, southwest Colorado and west central Colorado.

* From Tuesday afternoon through Tuesday evening.

* A disturbance moving across the region in addition to monsoonal moisture entrenched across much of Western Colorado will support strong thunderstorms capable of producing heavy rainfall Tuesday
afternoon and evening. This watch includes the Grizzly Creek, Pine Gulch, Lake Christine, 416 and the East Canyon Fire burn scars.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS

You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action should Flash Flood Warnings be issued.

National Weather Service

Central Colorado River Basin-Upper Gunnison River Valley-Paradox Valley/Lower Dolores River,
including the cities of Eagle, Edwards, Glenwood Springs, Carbondale, Basalt, Gunnison, Cimarron, Gateway, and Nucla
3:06 AM MDT Mon, Aug 2, 2021

FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM NOON MDT TODAY THROUGH 10 PM THIS EVENING

Map of Flash Flood Watch

The National Weather Service in Grand Junction has expanded the

* Flash Flood Watch to include portions of southwest Colorado and west central Colorado, including the following areas, in southwest Colorado, Paradox Valley/Lower Dolores River. In west central Colorado, Central Colorado River Basin and Upper Gunnison River Valley.

* From Noon MDT today through this evening.

* A disturbance moving across the region in addition to monsoonal moisture entrenched across much of western Colorado and eastern Utah will support strong thunderstorms capable of producing heavy
rainfall this afternoon and evening. This watch includes the Grizzly Creek, Pine Gulch, Pack Creek, Lake Christine, 416 and the East Canyon Fire burn scars.

* Burn scars will be especially susceptible to heavy rainfall leading to quick runoff responses with debris and mud flows likely.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS

You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action should Flash Flood Warnings be issued.

NWS: Flash Flood Warning for Grizzly Creek Fire burn area

CDOT: Travel alert | road closure – I-70 Glenwood Canyon; Governor: disaster declaration

Colorado State Governor’s Office

Aug 2, 2021, 12:44 pm – These photos show the extreme damage from the mudslides. We are getting ready to issue the state disaster declaration and the preparing the request for a federal declaration under the Stafford Act. I was planning on joining helicopter surveillance of the damage today but due to rain and hail the choppers aren’t flying and the damage is potentially going to get even worse. Colorado Department of Transportation Execuive Director Shoshana Lew is on site in Glenwood managing the emergency. – Jared Polis, Governor

8-2-21 Glenwood Canyon
8-2-21 Glenwood Canyon
8-2-21 Glenwood Canyon

Colorado Department of Transportation

8/01/21, 4 pm – I-70 through Glenwood Canyon will continue to be closed due to “extreme damage” from the latest round of heavy rain and flooding Saturday night (7/31); this assessment was provided by senior operations supervisors and engineering staff who described damage to the viaduct structure unlike anything they had seen before. CDOT crews are assessing damage and continue to clear debris and mudflow when weather conditions are safe.

Detour route around I-70 Glenwood Canyon:
CDOT strongly asks that motorists use the recommended northern alternate route via I-70 – CO 9 – US 40 – CO 13. Westbound motorists from the Denver metro area should exit I-70 at Exit 205 (Silverthorne) and travel north on Colorado Highway 9 towards Kremmling. Travelers will continue west on US Highway 40 and then south on CO 13 to complete the alternate route and return to westbound I-70 at Rifle (Exit 90). Eastbound travelers can detour using the same route in reverse.

For trucks planning to travel through Colorado, CDOT recommends they take I-80 through Wyoming.

Check out COtrip.org for the latest status on road conditions.

8-1-21 Glenwood Canyon
CDOT: Travel alert | road closure – I-70 Glenwood Canyon; Governor: disaster declaration

NWS: Flash Flood Watch for Central Mountains and western Colorado

National Weather Service

Roan and Tavaputs Plateaus-Grand and Battlement Mesas-Gore and Elk Mountains/Central Mountain Valleys-West Elk and Sawatch Mountains-Flat Tops-Uncompahgre Plateau and Dallas Divide Northwest San Juan Mountains-Southwest San Juan Mountains-Tavaputs Plateau-La Sal and
Abajo Mountains-
Including the cities of Rio Blanco, Skyway, Aspen, Vail, Snowmass, Crested Butte, Taylor Park, Marble, Buford, Trappers Lake, Ridgway, Glade Park, Telluride, Ouray, Lake City, Silverton, Rico, Hesperus, and Monticello
1:25 PM MDT Sun Aug 1 2021

FLASH FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 PM MDT THIS EVENING…FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM MONDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH MONDAY EVENING

Map of Flash Flood Watch area

The Flash Flood Watch continues for

* Portions of Colorado and Utah.

* Until 9 PM MDT this evening.

* Monsoonal moisture remains entrenched over much of Western Colorado and Eastern Utah and another round of heavy rain producing thunderstorms is expected this afternoon and evening.
This watch includes the Grizzly Creek, Pine Gulch, Pack Creek, Lake Christine, 416 and the East Canyon Fire burn scars.

* Burn scars will be especially susceptible to heavy rainfall leading to quick runoff responses with debris and mud flows likely.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS

You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action should Flash Flood Warnings be issued.

Additionally: The National Weather Service in Grand Junction has issued a

* Flash Flood Watch for portions of Colorado and Utah.

* From Monday afternoon through Monday evening.

* A disturbance moving across the region in addition to monsoonal moisture entrenched across much of Western Colorado and Eastern Utah will support strong thunderstorms capable of producing heavy
rainfall Monday afternoon and evening. This watch includes the Grizzly Creek, Pine Gulch, Pack Creek, Lake Christine, 416 and the East Canyon Fire burn scars.

* Burn scars will be especially susceptible to heavy rainfall leading to quick runoff responses with debris and mud flows likely.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS

You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action should Flash Flood Warnings be issued.

_______________________________

National Weather Service

Roan and Tavaputs Plateaus-Grand and Battlement Mesas-Gore and Elk Mountains/Central Mountain Valleys-West Elk and Sawatch Mountains-Flat Tops-Uncompahgre Plateau and Dallas Divide Northwest San Juan Mountains-Southwest San Juan Mountains-Tavaputs Plateau-La Sal and Abajo Mountains –
Including the cities of Rio Blanco, Skyway, Aspen, Vail, Snowmass, Crested Butte, Taylor Park, Marble, Buford, Trappers Lake, Ridgway, Glade Park, Telluride, Ouray, Lake City, Silverton, Rico, Hesperus, and Monticello
3:05 AM MDT Sun Aug 1 2021

Map of Flash Flood Watch area

FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM NOON MDT TODAY THROUGH 9 PM THIS EVENING.

The National Weather Service in Grand Junction has issued a

* Flash Flood Watch for portions of Colorado and Utah.

* From noon MDT today through this evening.

* Monsoonal moisture remains entrenched over much of Western Colorado and Eastern Utah and another round of heavy rain producing thunderstorms is expected this afternoon and evening. This watch includes the Grizzly Creek, Pine Gulch, Pack Creek, Lake Christine, 416 and the East Canyon Fire Burn Scars.

* Burn scars will be especially susceptible to heavy rainfall leading to quick runoff responses with debris and mud flows likely.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS

You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action should Flash Flood Warnings be issued.

NWS: Flash Flood Watch for Central Mountains and western Colorado

COGS: No outdoor water use in Glenwood Springs

Garco 911

12:27 pm, July 30 – Glenwood Springs: No outdoor water use until Wednesday, August 4th at 6:00 pm. A message will be sent when the issue has been resolved.

City of Glenwood Springs

Glenwood Springs issues increased water use restrictions for July 31 until August 2
9:32 pm, July 30, 2021

NO LAWN WATERING or outdoor usage restriction implemented 

Glenwood Springs, Colo. – The City of Glenwood Springs has issued increased water restrictions for July 31, 2021 until 8 a.m. on August 2, 2021 following heavy rains over both the Grizzly Creek and Lake Christine burn scars and heavy debris into the Roaring Fork River and No Name Creek. No exterior water use including lawn watering, washing cars, and filling pools. Water remains safe for regular indoor use and consumption.

“Right now, all of our water tanks in town are at a good level for indoor water use, but we expect the debris in our water supplies to remain rather heavy with all the recent rain,” said Public Works Director Matt Langhorst. “Forecasts indicate there is still more rain to come which likely means even more debris, so it is important that everyone take action now to tun off outdoor water systems, which use very high amounts of water, until the debris lessens.”

The City is working with large water users on the City water to turn off outdoor water systems. Water restriction violations can be reported to Glenwood Police at 970-384-6500. These restrictions will be reviewed daily.

Debris flows

There have been several slides into the water supplies. 

“For a sense of how much debris we’re clearing, we currently have a turbidity reading of about 300-400 NTU coming from the Roaring Fork and approximately 4,000 NTU from No Name. A typical reading for our water sources is less than 6 NTU,” said Langhorst.

NTU stands for nephelometric turbidity units and is a measurement for cloudiness in water. Turbidity is the cloudiness or haziness of a fluid caused by large numbers of individual particles that are generally invisible to the naked eye, similar to smoke in air. The measurement of turbidity is a key test of water quality.

COMUNICADO DE PRENSA
1 de agosto de 2021

Glenwood Springs emite mayores restricciones de uso de agua al aire libre del 31 de julio hasta el 2 de agosto

Se implementan restricciones de NO REGAR EL CÉSPED o de uso de agua en exteriores

Glenwood Springs, Colorado – La ciudad de Glenwood Springs ha emitido un aumento de las restricciones de uso del agua del 31 de julio de 2021 hasta las 8 a.m. del 2 de agosto de 2021 después de las fuertes lluvias sobre las marcas de los incendios de Grizzly Creek y el lago Christine y los fuertes escombros en el río Roaring Fork y No Name Creek. No se podrá utilizar el agua en el exterior, incluyendo el riego del césped, el lavado de coches y el llenado de piscinas. El agua sigue siendo segura para su uso y consumo en interiores.

En este momento, todos nuestros tanques de agua en la ciudad están en un buen nivel para el uso de agua en interiores, pero esperamos que los escombros en nuestros suministros de agua sigan siendo bastante pesados con toda la lluvia reciente”, dijo el Director de Obras Públicas Matt Langhorst. “Los pronósticos indican que todavía hay más lluvia por venir, lo que probablemente significa aún más escombros, por lo que es importante que todos tomen medidas ahora para apagar los sistemas de agua al aire libre, que utilizan cantidades muy altas de agua, hasta que los escombros disminuyan”.

La ciudad está trabajando con los grandes usuarios de agua de la ciudad para apagar los sistemas de agua al aire libre. Las violaciones a las restricciones de agua pueden reportarse a la policía de Glenwood al 970-384-6500. Estas restricciones se revisarán diariamente.

Flujos de escombros

Ha habido varios deslizamientos en los suministros de agua.

“Para tener una idea de la cantidad de escombros que estamos despejando, actualmente tenemos una lectura de turbidez de alrededor de 300-400 NTU procedentes del Roaring Fork y aproximadamente 4.000 NTU de No Name. Una lectura típica para nuestras fuentes de agua es de menos de 6 NTU”, dijo Langhorst.

NTU son las siglas de unidades nefelométricas de turbidez y es una medida de la nubosidad del agua. La turbidez es la nubosidad o la confusión de un fluido causada por un gran número de partículas individuales que suelen ser invisibles a simple vista, como el humo en el aire. La medición de la turbidez es una prueba clave de la calidad del agua.

Garfield County Emergency Communications Authority

8:18 pm, July 31, 2021

Glenwood Springs: No outdoor water use until Monday August 2nd at 8:00 am. A message will be sent when the issue has been resolved.

COGS: No outdoor water use in Glenwood Springs

Flash Flood Watch

National Weather Service

3:04 PM, July 30
Alert: FLASH FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL MIDNIGHT MDT TONIGHT…FLASH FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM SATURDAY MORNING THROUGH SATURDAY EVENING.

The Flash Flood Watch continues for

* Portions of northwest Colorado and west central Colorado, including the following areas, in northwest Colorado, Flat Tops in west central Colorado, Central Colorado River Basin and Gore and Elk Mountains/Central Mountain Valleys.

* Until midnight MDT tonight.

* Monsoonal moisture remains entrenched over portions of west central Colorado. This includes the Grizzly Creek and Lake Christine Fire Burn Scars as well as the Park and Gore Ranges, Flat Tops, Elk Mountains and Colorado River Basin and Central Mountain Valleys.

* Burn scars will be especially susceptible to heavy rainfall leading to quick runoff responses leading to debris and mud flows.

The Flash Flood Watch continues for

* Portions of northwest Colorado and west central Colorado, including the following areas, in northwest Colorado, Flat Tops in west central Colorado, Central Colorado River Basin and Gore and Elk Mountains/Central Mountain Valleys.

* From Saturday morning through Saturday evening.

* Monsoonal moisture remains entrenched over portions of west central Colorado. This includes the Grizzly Creek and Lake Christine Fire Burn Scars as well as the Park and Gore Ranges, Flat Tops, Elk Mountains and Colorado River Basin and Central Mountain Valleys.

* Burn scars will be especially susceptible to heavy rainfall leading to quick runoff responses leading to debris and mud flows.

Instructions: You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action should Flash Flood Warnings be issued.

Target area: Central Colorado River Basin, Flat Tops, Gore and Elk Mountains, central mountain valleys

Flash Flood Watch

Operational update on I-70 through Glenwood Canyon

CDOT

July 30, 1:30 PM 
GLENWOOD CANYON — Glenwood Canyon continues to experience severe impacts from debris flows along burn scars from the Grizzly Creek fire. A safety closure continues to be in place for Interstate 70 in Glenwood Canyon, and is anticipated to last through the weekend.

The extended safety closure is necessary due to significant clean up required after Thursday’s mudslides and debris flows, as well as continued heavy rain in the forecast. CDOT reminds travelers that weather and safety conditions can shift precipitously in a manner of moments in this area, and weather forecasts suggest rain and significant mudslide risk through the weekend.

At approximately 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 29, Interstate 70 through Glenwood Canyon was closed due to a Flash Flood Warning for the Grizzly Creek burn scar area. CDOT closed I-70 at standard exits to keep the travelling public safe and to access recommended detour routes. At 6:00 p.m. that Flash Flood Warning and a Flash Flood Watch expired, and I-70 was reopened.

Later last night at approximately 9:00 p.m., a new Flash Flood Warning went into effect after storm cells quickly built up in the area. Mudslides and debris reached I-70 within a few minutes. Throughout this time, CDOT highway maintenance personnel were working to secure the roadway and protect life safety. While debris was flowing down onto the roadway, CDOT temporarily evacuated its operations center in Hanging Lake Tunnel and had operations personnel working in the complex shelter in place for their safety. By approximately 10:45 p.m. the Hanging Lake Tunnel operations center was back online.

CDOT staff at the tunnel assisted travelers who were trapped on I-70 by debris flows and sought shelter at Hanging Lake Tunnel; 29 motorists sheltered at the tunnel complex overnight. In total, CDOT has accounted for 108 individuals who have now been either evacuated from Glenwood Canyon or have been moved to a safe place.

CDOT crews are now working to regain operational access throughout Glenwood Canyon. Because the National Weather Service has placed this area back under a Flash Flood Watch, there is a limited window of time to move all abandoned vehicles to safety.

With significant additional rain forecasted for the area and the possibility of additional debris flows, I-70 will remain closed between Exits 87 (West Rifle) and 133 (Dotsero). This closure will last at least through this weekend.

CDOT strongly asks that motorists use the recommended northern alternate route via I-70 – CO 9 – US 40 – CO 13. Westbound motorists from the Denver metro area should exit I-70 at Exit 205 (Silverthorne) and travel north on Colorado Highway 9 towards Kremmling. Travelers will continue west on US Highway 40 and then south on CO 13 to complete the alternate route and return to westbound I-70 at Rifle (Exit 90). Eastbound travelers can detour using the same route in reverse.

Operational update on I-70 through Glenwood Canyon