NWS: Flash flood warning issued for Grizzly Creek burn scar until 7:15 p.m.; I-70 reopened through Glenwood Canyon

Garfield County Emergency Communications Authority

Sept. 3, 2021, 7:02 p.m.: I-70 has reopened through Glenwood Canyon.

Colorado department of Transportation

Sept. 3, 2021, 4:45 p.m.: I-70 eastbound/westbound: Safety closure between Exit 114 – West Glenwood and Exit 133 – Dotsero. Highway is closed both directions through Glenwood Canyon due to flash flood warning; use alternate route.

Sept. 3, 2021, 4:43 p.m.: I-70 is closed b/w Dotsero (MP 133) and the Glenwood Springs exit (MP 116). Crews will continue to monitor the mudslide area. Motorists should be prepared for an extended closure if there is a new mudslide or materials blocking the road that will need to be cleared before opening.

DETOUR – WB I-70: Motorists from the Denver metro area or I-25 can travel WB on I-70 to Silverthorne, turn N onto CO 9. In Kremmling, turn onto WB US 40 towards Steamboat Springs. Once at Craig, motorists can return S via CO 13 towards Rifle. Access to I-70 westbound is at Rifle.

EASTBOUND I-70: Motorists traveling eastbound from Utah or Grand Junction can reach the Denver Metro area by traveling the route above in reverse.

Sept. 3, 2021, 4:35 p.m.: Interstate 70 closed through Glenwood Canyon due to flash flood warning.

National Weather Service

Sept. 3, 2021, 4:20 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, west central Colorado, east central Garfield County in west central Colorado until 7:15 p.m. MDT.

At 4:14 p.m. MDT, Doppler radar indicated thunderstorms producing heavy rain over the Grizzly Creek Fire Burn Area. The expected rainfall rate is 0.3 to 0.6 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 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.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS – 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.

NWS: Flash flood warning issued for Grizzly Creek burn scar until 7:15 p.m.; I-70 reopened through Glenwood Canyon