NWS: Flash Flood Watch for Grizzly Creek Fire burn area; I-70 reopened in Glenwood Canyon

Garco 911

July 24, 5:27 pm – I-70 is open between mile markers 87 West Rifle in both directions, and mile marker 133 Dotsero.

Colorado Department of Transportation

July 24, 5:21 pm – Glenwod Canyon is cleared and crews are reopening all closures. Crews will remain on standby until WATCH expires at 9 pm. Eastbound will continue to have a single lane closure in place.

National Weather Service

Central Colorado River Basin-Gore and Elk Mountains/Central Mountain Valleys-Flat Tops
438 PM MDT Sat Jul 24 2021

Flash Flood Watch map

…FLASH FLOOD WATCH FOR THE GRIZZLY CREEK FIRE BURN AREA IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 PM MDT THIS EVENING…

The National Weather Service in Grand Junction has expanded the

* Flash Flood Watch to include 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 9 PM MDT this evening.

* National Weather Service Meteorologists are forecasting possible 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.

Garco 911

July 24, 3:41 pm: I-70 is closed between mile-markers 87 west Rifle both directions, 133 Dotsero, due to a flash flood warning.

National Weather Service

July 24, 3:28 pm
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 630 PM MDT.

* At 328 PM MDT, Doppler radar indicated thunderstorms producing heavy rain over the Grizzly Creek Fire Burn Area. The expected rainfall rate is 0.2 to 0.5 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.

FLASH FLOOD…RADAR INDICATED FLASH FLOOD DAMAGE THREAT…CONSIDERABLE EXPECTED RAINFALL…0.2-0.5 INCHES IN 1 HOUR.

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.

Garco 911

July 24, 1:10 pm – I-70 is open between mile-markers 133 Dotsero eastbound and 116, Glenwood Springs exit.

Colorado Department of Transportation

July 24, 1:05 pm – I-70 eastbound and westbound between mile markers 116 and 133 in Glenwood Canyon is open following forecasted precipitation and debris flows over the Grizzly Creek burn area. There are several locations throughout the canyon that are down to one lane while crews continue clean up operations, so please slow down through the work zone. For the status of the road closure, please check cotrip.org or CDOT’s Twitter page, or call 5-1-1.

National Weather Service

Central Colorado River Basin-Gore and Elk Mountains/Central Mountain Valleys-Flat Tops
11:46 AM MDT Sat Jul 24 2021

…FLASH FLOOD WATCH FOR THE GRIZZLY CREEK FIRE BURN AREA IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 PM MDT THIS EVENING…

Map of Flash Flood Watch area

The National Weather Service in Grand Junction has expanded the

* Flash Flood Watch to include 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 9 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.

Garco 911

July 24, 4:27 am – I-70 is open between mile markers 133 Dotsero and 116 Glenwood Springs westbound lanes only.

More info on Glenwood Canyon closure and Colorado River impacts

NWS: Flash Flood Watch for Grizzly Creek Fire burn area; I-70 reopened in Glenwood Canyon