I-70 open both directions in Glenwood Canyon; flash flood warning for the Grizzly Creek Fire burn area expired

Garco911

July 14, 8:30 p.m. – I-70 is open between mile-markers 87 and 133 both directions, West Rifle Exit and Dotsero.

Colorado Department of Transportation

July 14, 8:31 p.m. – UPDATE: Crews are reopening I-70 in Glenwood Canyon. The road is clear of mud and water and the Flash Flood Watch has ended. All updates will continue to be available at cotrip.org and 511.

July 14, 6:09 p.m. UPDATE: a SAFETY CLOSURE continues to be in place for I-70 in Glenwood Canyon due to potential for flash flooding. All updates will continue to be posted to cotrip.org and are available by dialing 511. As the closure continues due to weather, crews are cleaning two shallow mudslides at mile Point 128 due to rain on the Grizzly Creek burn scar. The slides were 1-3 inches of very slick mud. See cotrip.org for road closure status.

July 14, 4:16 p.m.: UPDATE I-70 – Glenwood Canyon: local motorists traveling east on I-70 are encouraged to wait 30 minutes to an hour before trying to travel east from Exit 109 (Canyon Creek). Crews must first focus on clearing I-70 in Glenwood Canyon.

July 14, 3:45 p.m.: I-70 in Glenwood Canyon is closing due to potential for flash flooding from the Grizzly Creek burn scar area. All updates will continue to be posted to cotrip.org, CDOT’s Twitter page and available by dialing 511.

Closure points for all traffic will be between Exit 133 (Dotsero) and Exit 116 (Glenwood Springs). Closure points for eastbound traffic are also going into place at Exit 87 (West Rifle) and possibly Exit 109 (Canyon Creek). CDOT asks that motorists use the recommended northern alternate route when detouring around the closure. 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.

GarCo911

July 14, 3:43 p.m.: I-70 is closed between mile markers 116 and 133 in both directions, main Glenwood exit and Dotsero, due to a flash flood warning.

National Weather Service

July 14, 3:35 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 5:30 p.m. MDT.

At 3:35 PM MDT, Doppler radar indicated thunderstorms producing heavy rain over the Grizzly Creek Fire Burn Area. 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.

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

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July 14, 2:09 p.m.: A flash flood watch for the Grizzly Creek Fire burn area is in effect until 8 p.m. MDT this evening. The National Weather Service in Grand Junction has expanded the flash flood watch to include portions of northwest and west central Colorado, including the following areas: in northwest Colorado, the Flat Tops Wilderness; in west central Colorado: Central Colorado River Basin and Gore and Elk Mountains/Central Mountain valleys.

National Weather Service meteorologists are monitoring the possibility for heavy rainfall over the Grizzly Creek Fire burn area, which may lead to flash flooding and debris flows.

Precautionary/preparedness actions:

Monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action should flash flood warnings be issued.

I-70 open both directions in Glenwood Canyon; flash flood warning for the Grizzly Creek Fire burn area expired