CDOT: Glenwood Canyon traffic impacts the week of Oct. 18-22

I-70 Glenwood Canyon 2021 Emergency Project
Mile Point 123.5 Blue Gulch

Excavation on the eastbound retaining wall continues at MP 123.5/Blue Gulch work zone.

Progress this week

On Friday, Oct. 15 there will be a rolling stop for westbound I-70 traffic in Glenwood Canyon at approximately 1:00 p.m. The rolling stop will allow crews to complete work on westbound structures. Limited delays or impacts to traffic are expected.

Crews continue reconstruction of the I-70 eastbound area at Mile Point 123.5. Crews are making progress on repairs to the retaining wall on the riverside.

Due to favorable weather forecasted this weekend, crews will be working on Saturday, Oct.16. Traffic impacts are not anticipated during the work on Saturday. Currently there are no overnight closures anticipated on the project for the end of this week, over the weekend or next week.

Crews plan to pour more concrete for the repairs to the damaged deck overhang and parapet wall on the westbound lanes at MP 123.5/Blue Gulch.

Debris removal of the Concrete Box Culvert (CBC) at MP 124.5/Devils Hole location continues.

Debris removal in the median at the Bair Ranch location continues.

Motorists planning to travel on I-70 in Glenwood Canyon should pay attention to road conditions on and weather forecasts. Rest area and recreation path information is also available at I-70 safety closure information can be found on CDOT’s website by clicking here.

Anticipated Traffic Impacts

  • An extended single lane closure remains in place at MP 123.5. The eastbound single lane closure is 1.5 miles long to Hanging Lake Tunnel and the westbound single lane closure is .5 miles long. There is a 11’ width restriction in place for commercial vehicles through Glenwood Canyon.
Reconstruction of the eastbound retaining wall at MP 123.5.

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Project information is available at:

CDOT: Glenwood Canyon traffic impacts the week of Oct. 18-22

I-70 Glenwood Canyon 2021 Emergency Project


Traffic Impacts
Week of Sept. 27-Oct. 1, 2021

I-70 Glenwood Canyon 2021 Emergency Project
Mile Point 123.5 Blue Gulch

Mile Point 123.5/Blue Gulch work zone.

Progress this week

Crews continued drilling locations for shoring towers in the eastbound lanes. The shoring will
secure the damaged infrastructure so repairs can begin on the eastbound retaining wall.

Debris removal and repairs to the damaged Concrete Box Culvert (CBC) at MP 123.5/Blue
Gulch continues.

Repairs to the damaged parapet wall on the westbound lanes continues. The project team has
started clearing debris from the recreation path at MP 126 to 127.

There are six locations identified in Glenwood Canyon as part of the River Recovery. The team
is working with the Army Corp of Engineers on the permitting process to begin that work.

Rainy weather may cause additional material flows and I-70 closures in Glenwood Canyon in
the coming months. Motorists planning to travel on I-70 in Glenwood Canyon should pay
attention to road conditions on and weather forecasts. Rest area and recreation
path information is also available at . I-70 safety closure information can be found
on CDOT’s website by clicking here.

Anticipated Traffic Impacts

? An extended single lane closure remains in place at MP 123.5. The eastbound single
lane closure is 1.5 miles long to Hanging Lake Tunnel and the westbound single lane
closure is .5 miles long. There is a 11’ width restriction in place for commercial
vehicles through Glenwood Canyon.

Drilling rig on the eastbound deck.

Stay Informed and Connect with the Project

Project information is available at:
? Project website:
? Project information hotline: 970-319-1887
? Project email:

I-70 Glenwood Canyon 2021 Emergency Project

K-12 school update, state hospitalization statistics

Garfield County Public Health


GARFIELD COUNTY, CO – Test positivity, incidence, and hospitalization rates are the key indicators used to measure the spread of coronavirus in Garfield County. Based on these measures, Garfield County has been in the “yellow” category for nearly a month.

Over the weekend, Public Health was monitoring 14 hospitalized cases, a 64 percent increase from the previous week.

This week, COVID cases have declined slightly, similar to national trends.

COVID-19 and school-aged youth
During the 2021 spring semester, Garfield County was averaging one school-aged youth case per day. During the current fall semester, this number has risen substantially, more than doubling to 2.4 school-aged cases per day.

Garfield School District Re-2 (Re-2) began the fall semester with an optional masking policy, while the Roaring Fork School District (RFSD) adopted a universal masking policy. Comparing school district quarantine* data through September 17, Re-2 has had 236 student quarantines while RFSD has had 14.

*Quarantine (10-14 days) is when someone who might have been exposed to the virus, but has no symptoms and
hasn’t been vaccinated needs to stay home. This is because they could be infected and could spread the virus, even
though they feel well. Vaccinated individuals do not need to quarantine, but should seek testing and wear a mask in

The increase in youth COVID cases and corresponding quarantines have prompted several schools (both public and private) to adopt the latest CDPHE school guidance.

CDPHE School COVID Guidance (NEW guidance updated September 10)
Schools implementing universal masking (masking of all students, staff, visitors) do not need to quarantine in most settings. For example, students in a class wearing masks would not quarantine if one individual tested positive. The exception is some sports/activities with direct physical contact.

New state guidance:
• Supports universal indoor masking for all students, staff, teachers, and visitors to K-12 schools, regardless of
vaccination status and at all levels of community transmission.

• Removes the “community” vaccination metric (70 percent of the 12 and older population vaccination rate) to
reduce quarantines for typical classroom exposures.

• Increases the percentage of school community vaccination rates from 70 to 80 percent to reduce quarantines for
typical classroom exposures.*

*Typical classroom exposures are where students are seated, learning, or interacting.

Mini-grants available
Public Health is offering ten mini-grants, ranging from $500 to $2,500 for projects that encourage youth ages 12 to 17 and their caregivers to get vaccinated. Grant funding can be used for both the vaccine promotion activity and to cover the cost of something unrelated. Grants that focus on ensuring equitable access for children and youth to receive the COVID-19 vaccine will be given priority. Applications are due October 11 and forms are available on the Public Health website.

Waiting for booster dose guidance
Public Health is waiting for approval and guidance to begin booster doses. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) must make a final determination before the department can offer booster clinics. Clinics will be announced following the ACIP determination.

Pfizer vaccine, Cormirnaty
Comirnaty is the new brand name for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. It is the same vaccine that was first authorized for use in December 2020 and more than 200 million doses have been administered to people in the United States.

Breakthrough cases and hospitalizations
In Garfield County, the majority of COVID-19 cases continue to occur in unvaccinated individuals. A new graph tracks cases by vaccination status.

The CDPHE tracks hospital data for the state. In recent days, 80-82 percent of those
hospitalized with COVID in Colorado are unvaccinated.

A CDC report issued September 17 shows that after the Delta variant became the dominant strain, fully vaccinated people had a fivefold decrease in infection, and more than a tenfold reduction in hospitalizations and deaths.

Garfield County vaccination status

Broken down by age group

Age group Percent first doses Percent up-to-date
12-15 57% 48%
16-18 63% 54%
19-2965% 55%
30-39 62%54%
60-6983% 78%
70-79 92% 88%

NEW handouts

Feeling sick or exposed to COVID-19?

Feeling sick or exposed to COVID-19 explains steps for vaccinated or unvaccinated people.

Where to get a COVID-19 test in Garfield County
Where to get a COVID-19 test in Garfield County, describes the places to get a test, and highlights the hours and locations of the free state-sponsored testing sites. State sites offer free PCR tests approved for return to school. These tests average a 36–48-hour turnaround.

Types of COVID-19 tests
Types of COVID-19 tests, explains what types of tests are available and what is needed for return to school.



Informe de escuelas K-12, volantes sobre pruebas de COVID, estadisticas estatales de hospitalizaciones

GARFIELD COUNTY, CO – Las tasas de positividad, incidencia y hospitalización de las pruebas son los indicadores clave que se utilizan para medir la propagación del coronavirus en el condado de Garfield. Según estas medidas, el condado de Garfield ha estado en la categoría “amarilla” durante casi un mes.

Durante el fin de semana, Salud Pública estuvo monitoreando 14 casos de hospitalizaciones, un aumento del 64 por ciento con respecto a la semana anterior.

Esta semana, los casos de COVID han disminuido levemente, similar a las tendencias nacionales.

COVID-19 y jóvenes en edad escolar

Durante el semestre de primavera de 2021, el condado de Garfield tuvo un promedió de un caso por día. Durante el semestre de otoño de 2021, este número ha aumentado, más del doble a 2.4 casos por día.

El Distrito Escolar Garfield Re-2 (Re-2) comenzó el semestre de otoño con una política de uso de cubrebocas opcional pero el Distrito Escolar de Roaring Fork (RFSD) adoptó una política universal de usar cobrebocas. Al comparar los datos de cuarentena * del distrito escolar hasta el 17 de Septiembre, Re-2 ha tenido 236 cuarentenas de estudiantes, mientras que RFSD ha tenido 14.

*Cuarentena (10-14 días) es cuando alguien que podría haber estado expuesto al virus, pero no tiene síntomas y no ha sido vacunado necesita quedarse en casa. Esto se debe a que podrían infectarse y transmitir el virus, aunque se sientan bien. Las personas vacunadas no necesitan ponerse en cuarentena, pero deben someterse a pruebas y usar un cubreboca en público.

El aumento de casos de COVID en jóvenes y las cuarentenas correspondientes han llevado a varias escuelas (tanto públicas como privadas) a adoptar la última guía escolar de CDPHE.

Guía Escolar para COVID de CDPHE (NUEVA guía actualizada el 10 de Septiembre)

Las escuelas que implementan el uso universal de cubrebocas (cubreboca para todos los estudiantes, personal, visitantes) no necesitan ponerse en cuarentena en la mayoría de los casos. Por ejemplo, un salón de clases con cubrebocas no se pondría en cuarentena si una persona dio positivo. La excepción son algunos deportes / actividades con contacto físico directo.

Nueva guia del Estado:

  • Apoya el uso universal de cubrebocas para todos los estudiantes, personal, maestros y visitantes de las escuelas K-12 independientemente del estado de vacunación y en todos los niveles de transmisión comunitaria.
  • Elimina la métrica de vacunación “comunitaria” (70 por ciento de la tasa de vacunación de la población de 12 años o más) para reducir las cuarentenas para exposiciones típicas en los salones. *
  • Aumenta el porcentaje de las tasas de vacunación de la comunidad escolar del 70 por ciento al 80 por ciento para reducir las cuarentenas por exposiciones típicas en los salones. *

* Las exposiciones típicas en los salones son donde los estudiantes están sentados, aprendiendo o interactuando.

Mini-becas disponible

Salud Pública está ofreciendo diez mini-becas, desde $500 a $2,500 para proyectos que animan a los jóvenes de 12 a 17 años y a sus cuidadores a vacunarse. Los fondos de la beca se pueden utilizar tanto para la actividad de promoción de vacunas como para cubrir el costo de algo no relacionado. Se dará prioridad a las becas que se centren en garantizar el acceso equitativo de niños y jóvenes para recibir la vacuna COVID-19. Las solicitudes vencen el 11 de Octubre y se encuentran en el sitio web de Salud Publica.

Esperando la guia sobre la dosis de refuerzo

Salud Pública está esperando aprobación y orientación para comenzar con las dosis de refuerzo. El Comité Asesor sobre Prácticas de Inmunización (ACIP) debe tomar la decision final antes de que el departamento pueda ofrecer clínicas de dosis de refuerzo. Las clínicas se anunciarán después de la determinación del ACIP.

Vacuna Pfizer, Cormirnaty

Comirnaty es el nuevo nombre comercial de la vacuna Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19. Es la misma vacuna que se autorizó por primera vez para su uso en Diciembre de 2020 y se han administrado más de 200 millones de dosis a personas en los Estados Unidos.

Casos importantes y hospitalizaciones

En el condado de Garfield, la mayoría de los casos de COVID-19 continúan ocurriendo en personas no vacunadas. Un nuevo gráfico rastrea los casos por estado de vacunación.

El CDPHE rastrea las estadísticas de hospitalización del estado. Actualmente, el 82 por ciento de los hospitalizados en Colorado no están vacunados.

Un informe del CDC emitido el 17 de Septiembre demuestra que después de que la variante Delta se convirtió en el variante dominante, las personas completamente vacunadas tuvieron una disminución de cinco veces en la infección y una reducción de más de diez veces en las hospitalizaciones y muertes.

Status de vacunacion en el condado de Garfield

Por Grupo de edad:

EdadPorcentaje de primera dosisPorcentaje actual

NUEVOS volantes

¿Se siente enfermo o expuesto al COVID-19?

¿Se siente enfermo o expuesto al COVID-19? Le explica qué hacer a continuación si está vacunado o no.

Dónde obtener una prueba de COVID-19 en el condado de Garfield

Dónde obtener una prueba de COVID-19 en el condado de Garfield, dice los lugares para obtener una prueba, los horarios, y la ubicación de los sitios de prueba gratuitos patrocinados por el estado. Los sitios estatales ofrecen pruebas de PCR gratuitas aprobadas para regresar a la escuela. Estas pruebas tienen un promedio de tiempo de respuesta de 36 a 48 horas.

Tipos de pruebas de COVID-19

Tipos de pruebas de COVID-19, explica qué tipos de pruebas están disponibles y qué se necesita para regresar a la escuela.

K-12 school update, state hospitalization statistics

Updated Valley View COVID-19 cumulative stats

August 10, 2021

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

Valley View COVID-19 Cumulative Stats 8/10/21

Specimens collected thru Valley View: 31,535

Positive results: 2,316

Patients admitted with COVID-19 since outbreak began: 291

Admitted patients discharged: 252


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

GCPH: COVID-19 update

Garfield County Public Health

Comparing incidence rates of vaccinated vs unvaccinated, new CDC guidance, increase in first dose vaccines

On July 27, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) shifted the mask message for vaccinated persons, stating that in places of high transmission, (as most of the nation is) fully vaccinated individuals should consider wearing masks when indoors. Garfield County is currently listed on the CDC site as “substantial” level of community transmission.

Part of this new messaging is due to the Delta variant, which continues to be the dominantCOVID-19 strain in Garfield and surrounding counties. The Delta variant is more contagious and has been linked to increased breakthrough cases. A breakthrough case occurs when a fully vaccinated individual contracts COVID-19. However, for the fully vaccinated, it does not appear to increase hospitalization or death risk.

Vaccinations remain the best defense against severe disease, hospitalizations, and death.

Slight decline in cases
Over the past 14 days, there has been a slight decrease in COVID-19 cases, dropping from approximately 12 per day to 9.7, along with a decrease in the test positivity rate from a high of 7.4 percent to five percent.

Increase in first dose vaccines given
For the first time in several weeks, Garfield County providers administered more first doses of COVID-19 vaccine than second doses. Out of the 588 doses administered over the past week,348 were first doses. This is nearly 60 percent first doses, and a good sign that people who may have been holding off are now ready to become vaccinated.

COVID-19 numbers for Garfield County
118 total breakthrough cases for Garfield County
2 currently hospitalized
51 confirmed deaths due to COVID-19
14 deaths since the first week in May
91% of our hospitalized cases since July have been unvaccinated
100% of all COVID-19 tests sequenced in Colorado are the Delta variant as of July 11, 2021

Incidence rate for vaccinated vs unvaccinated individuals
Garfield County Public Health examined the COVID-19 incidence rate in vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals over the past seven- and 14-day periods and found the burden of the COVID-19 disease to be largely on those who are unvaccinated.

Using the state demography office estimates, there are 60,168 individuals in Garfield County.
As of July 30, there were 28,843 fully vaccinated individuals, leaving 31,325 unvaccinated individuals (including children too young to be vaccinated).

Cases of COVID-19 in Garfield County
Total cases 59 July 24-30
Breakthrough cases 9 July 24-30
Total cases 136 July 17-30
Breakthrough cases 24 July 17-30

Cumulative Incidence* Rate Comparison
7-day vaccinated 31.2 July 24-30
7-day unvaccinated 159.6 July 24-30
14-day vaccinated 83.2 July 17-30
14-day unvaccinated 434.2 July 17-30
*The cumulative incidence (CI) rate is a measure of the frequency that COVID is occurring over a specific time period and calculated per 100,000 people. It provides a picture of the state of the pandemic in a community.

Vaccine breakdown in Garfield County
• 63.3 percent of the eligible population have at least one dose
• 56.8 percent fully vaccinated
• 58 percent of females within the eligible population are fully vaccinated, while males are 55 percent

Age GroupPercent fully vaccinated

Back to school is nearly here; leave kids enough time to get both doses
Garfield County area schools begin mid-August. Parents who wish to have their 12 and older aged children fully vaccinated by the start of the 21-22 school year need to allow 21 days between doses of vaccine. It takes 2 weeks for the vaccine to be fully effective.

That means that now is the optimal time to get students vaccinated in order to have them fully protected at the start of this school year.

Full list of upcoming vaccine clinics
Clinics are offered every day of the week in various locations throughout Garfield County. A list of vaccine clinics can be found on the English web page, Spanish web page, and on Facebook

GCPH: COVID-19 update

CDPHE: State adds masking requirements for residential care facilities

Colorado Department of Public Health

7:32 AM, August 4, 2021

Following CDC recommendations, universal masking now required regardless of vaccination status 

Statewide, (August 3, 2021): Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) released updated guidance modifying masking requirements for residential care facilities serving older adults and people with disabilities. The changes come after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended mask use for vaccinated individuals indoors in areas where cases are surging.

Changes include:

Requiring universal mask use for staff, visitors, and residents in residential care facilities regardless of vaccination status.

Requiring testing of fully vaccinated individuals who have had close contact with a COVID positive person. Testing will include both lab-based PCR immediately following the exposure and point-of-care testing, utilizing rapid testing daily during their incubation period.    

“The recent CDC announcement recommends that people in substantial and high transmission areas wear masks indoors, regardless of vaccination status ,” said Randy Kuykendall, Director, Health Facilities and EMS Division, CDPHE. “As we look to decrease new COVID-19 cases, additional or more stringent infection prevention measures may be necessary at times and our experts will continue to monitor virus data so we can make mitigation decisions that best fit Colorado’s residential care facilities.”

In addition to the mask requirement changes, CDPHE continues to implement rapid testing for all unvaccinated staff and residents who leave the facility for longer than 24 hours.

According to Public Health Order 20-20, each facility must establish and maintain a COVID-19 vaccination plan that promotes vaccine confidence and acceptance and continues to offer vaccinations to all staff and residents. Continue to stay up to date by visiting

El Estado agrega requisitos del uso de tapabocas en instalaciones de cuidado residencial

Siguiendo las recomendaciones del  CDC, el uso de tapabocas es requerido sin importar si una persona está vacunada o no

Colorado, (3 de agosto de 2021): El Departamento de Salud y Medio Ambiente de Colorado (CDPHE), publicó una guía  actualizada que modifica los requerimientos de tapabocas en instalaciones de cuidado residencial de adultos mayores y con discapacidades.  Los cambios se presentan después de que los Centros de Control y Prevención de Enfermedades (CDC), recomendaran el uso tapabocas en ambientes cerrados donde hay un repunte de casos.  

Los cambios incluyen:

  • Uso de tapabocas para el personal, visitantes y residentes de las instalaciones sin importar si están vacunados.
  • Requiere la realización de pruebas a las personas que están completamente vacunadas que han estado en contacto con personas que hayan resultado con COVID19.  Las pruebas incluyen pruebas de laboratorios PCR inmediatamente después de haber sido expuesto, así como pruebas en el punto de cuidado, utilizando pruebas rápidas durante el período de incubación.  

“El reciente anuncio del CDC recomienda que las personas que se encuentran en áreas de alta transmisión, usen tapabocas en ambientes cerrados, sin importar si están vacunados”, dijo  Randy Kuykendall,  Director de la División de Facilidades de Salud y EMS, del  CDPHE. “A medida que vemos una disminución de nuevos casos de COVID-19, se implementarán medidas de prevención adicionales y nuestros expertos continuarán monitoreando el virus para tomar las decisiones de mitigación que le correspondan a las instalaciones de cuidado en Colorado”.

Además de los cambios en los requerimientos de tapabocas, CDPHE continúa implementado pruebas rápidas para todo el personal que no está vacunado y residentes que salen de las instalaciones por más de 24 horas.

De acuerdo a la orden de Salud Pública 20-20,  cada lugar debe establecer y mantener un plan de vacunación contra el COVID19 que promueva la confianza en la vacuna y la aceptación, así como también continuar con la vacunación entre su personal y residentes  Continúe manteniéndose informado en

CDPHE: State adds masking requirements for residential care facilities

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.

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

NWS: Flash Flood Watch

National Weather Service

3:04 PM, July 30

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

NWS: Flash Flood Watch

CDOT: Operational update on I-70 through Glenwood Canyon

Colorado Department of Transportation

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.

CDOT: Operational update on I-70 through Glenwood Canyon