CDOT: I-70 debris flows and Colorado River impacts

Garco 911

July 23, 11:29 am – There is heavy debris in the Colorado River downstream of Glenwood Canyon. Debris will be releasing soon. Please stay out of the river at this time.

Colorado Department of Transportation

July 22 PRESS RELEASE: I-70 through Glenwood Canyon closed due to several debris flows

National Weather Service

3:23 AM MDT Fri, Jul 23, 2021 – Central Colorado River Basin-Gore and Elk Mountains/Central Mountain Valleys – Flat Tops, including the cities of Eagle, Edwards, Glenwood Springs, Carbondale, Basalt, Aspen, Vail, Snowmass, Buford, and Trappers Lake

Map of affected area

…FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM NOON MDT TODAY THROUGH THIS EVENING INCLUDING THE GRIZZLY CREEK BURN SCAR…

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.

* From Noon MDT today through this evening.

* Scattered to numerous showers and thunderstorms are expected again across the upper Colorado River Valley and central mountains this afternoon and evening. Storms will be capable of producing locally heavy rainfall which will enhance the risk for localized flash flooding. Rainfall amounts of half an inch to one inch in a short duration will exacerbate flooding concerns in the watch area.

* The Grizzly Creek burn scar will be especially vulnerable to additional heavy rainfall with debris and mud flows likely. Travel along I-70 may continue to be disrupted.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

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

CDOT: I-70 debris flows and Colorado River impacts