Garfield County Sheriff’s Office
July 30, 9:15 am: Thursday evening, July 29, 2021, an active storm cell passed over Glenwood Canyon before a full closure of the canyon could be implemented. A few vehicles and their passengers were able to shelter in place within the Hanging Lake Tunnel.
Garfield County Emergency Operations was activated. A temporary shelter was set up at the Glenwood Recreation Center where Red Cross is prepared to handle incomers to that facility.
The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office, along with Glenwood Springs Fire and a bus from RFTA headed into the canyon to reach the twenty plus individuals that were in the tunnel. They followed CDOT crews as they made a path through two debris flow areas to reach the tunnel.
Early this morning the bus reached the tunnel and took people back to Glenwood. Several motorists drove their own vehicles out, following the bus to safety and shelter at the recreation center.
There are still multiple vehicles caught in the canyon. CDOT will be busy rescuing these vehicles and their occupants while cleaning up the debris flows. Motorists should plan on an alternative route, as this will likely be an extended closure of the I-70 corridor through Glenwood Canyon.
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