Transportation officials said Wednesday that drivers making summer commutes over the next 10 days should plan carefully and ensure their routes of choice are open as monsoon weather patterns can wreak havoc on Colorado roadways.
Mudslides and flooding have closed major arteries from Interstate 70 to Colo. in Glenwood Canyon this week. 14 in the Poudre Valley and Colo 125 outside Granby – the result of heavy rain in areas scorched by last summer’s record-breaking wildfires.
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A woman was killed and three others are missing on Tuesday after flash floods hit Poudre Canyon near Rustic.
Heavy rain is expected over the next seven to 10 days, and road closures are likely, the Colorado Department of Transportation said Wednesday. News release.
“Slow-moving storms are forecast, with the potential to produce significant amounts of rainfall,” the CDOT said.
Forecasters are monitoring several burn trail areas, including Grizzly Creek, Cameron Peak and East Troublesome, which burned extensive areas of forest last summer near Granby, Grand Lake, Estes Park, Rocky Mountain National Park and Glenwood Springs was.
CDOT officials said I-70 between West Rifle and Dotsero has been closed since Tuesday night due to flash floods and five landslides. The lanes leading to the east took three slides, consisting mostly of water and sour soil.
Officials said the fourth slide – containing the more solid material – came down the westbound lanes near Exit 129 (Bair Ranch), with the fifth slide on the exit ramp to Bair Ranch.
“Landslides can travel many miles and produce an avalanche of earth, mud and debris. These natural disasters are growing rapidly and come with force,” Colorado State Patrol Chief Colonel Matthew C. Packard said in the news release. “Preparing in advance can make a big difference to your safety and survival. Pay attention to the weather forecast and be on the lookout for signs of landslides such as unusual sounds, including rocks colliding, or trees breaking. “