NWS: I-70 open; Flash Flood Warning expired for Glenwood Canyon

Garco911

July 13, 6:05 pm; I-70 is open between mile-markers 116 and 133 both directions, main Glenwood exit and Dotsero.

July 13, 5:23 pm; I-70 is closed at mile-marker 87 West Rifle EB, closure remains in place due to current storm cell in Rifle.

National Weather Service

July 13, 4:57 p.m.: Flash flood warning for the Grizzly Creek Burn area expires at 5 p.m. for western Eagle and east central Garfield counties. The heavy rain has ended. Flash flooding is no longer expected to pose a threat. Please continue to heed remaining road closures.

GarCo911

July 13, 4:02 p.m.: The existing closure on I-70 has been moved from mile-marker mm109 EB, Canyon Creek exit, to mile-marker 87, West Rifle Exit.

July 13, 3:50 p.m.: The existing closure on I-70 has been moved from mile-marker mm 116 EB, main Glenwood exit, to mile-marker 109, Canyon Creek exit. Local traffic can get through.

Colorado Department of Transportation

Safety closure in place for I-70 Glenwood Canyon due to high potential of flash flooding

July 13, 3:15 p.m.: CDOT is putting a safety closure in place for Interstate 70 in Glenwood Canyon due to a Flash Flood Warning issued by the National Weather Service. Closure points for westbound traffic will be Exit 133 (Dotsero) to Exit 116 (Glenwood Springs). Closure points for eastbound traffic will be from Exit 87 (West Rifle) to Exit 109 (Canyon Creek). The safety closure is in place to protect motorists from the potential of flash floods, mudslides, rockfall or other hazards that can be triggered by heavy rains at the location of Grizzly Creek burn scar area. The closure will remain in place through the duration of the Flash Flood Warning, which is forecast to end at 5 p.m. tonight.

GarCo911

July 13, 3:24 p.m.: I-70 is closed between mile-markers 116 and 133 both directions, main Glenwood exit and Dotsero, due to a flash flood warning.

National Weather Service

July 13, 3:06 p.m.: 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 5 p.m. MDT.

At 3:06 p.m. MDT, Doppler radar indicated thunderstorms producing heavy rain approaching the Grizzly Creek Fire Burn Area. Flash flooding is expected to begin shortly. Excessive rainfall over the burn scar will result in debris flow moving through the Glenwood Canyon area. 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.

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 Glenwood Springs and Shoshone.

FLASH FLOOD…RADAR INDICATED FLASH FLOOD DAMAGE THREAT…CONSIDERABLE
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. 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.

Central Colorado River Basin-Gore and Elk Mountains/Central Mountain Valleys-Flat Tops
1151 AM MDT Tue Jul 13 2021
Map of areas with Flash Flood Watch

…FLASH FLOOD WATCH FOR THE GRIZZLY CREEK FIRE BURN AREA IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 PM MDT THIS EVENING…

The National Weather Service in Grand Junction has issued a

  • Flash Flood Watch for the Grizzly Creek Fire Burn Area in 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 8 PM MDT this evening.
  • National Weather Service Meteorologists are monitoring the potential for heavy rainfall over the Grizzly Creek Fire Burn Area, which may lead to flash flooding and debris flows.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

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

Colorado Department of Transportation

July 13, 7:35 am
CDOT closed Grizzly Creek rest area at I-70 mile marker 121 eastbound and westbound today, as well as Shoshone rest area, mile marker 123 due to forecasted precipitation over the Grizzly Creek burn scar. Updates will be posted to cotrip.org.

NWS: I-70 open; Flash Flood Warning expired for Glenwood Canyon