Glenwood Canyon reopened – Flash Flood Warning downgraded to Flash Flood Watch

Garco911

July 5, 5:45 pm

I-70 is open between mile-markers 116 and 133 both directions, main Glenwood exit and Dotsero.

National Weather Service

Central Colorado River Basin-Gore and Elk Mountains/Central Mountain Valleys-Flat Tops
552 PM MDT Mon Jul 5 2021

…FLASH FLOOD WATCH FOR THE GRIZZLY CREEK FIRE BURN AREA IN EFFECT
UNTIL 10 PM MDT THIS EVENING…

The National Weather Service in Grand Junction has issued a

* Flash Flood Watch for the Grizzly Creek Fire Burn Area in 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 10 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.

Colorado Department of Transportation

I-70 Glenwood Canyon CLOSED – 5 PM (7/5) – A SAFETY CLOSURE is going into place for Interstate 70 in Glenwood Canyon due to a Flash Flood Warning for the Grizzly Creek burn area. Closure points for westbound travelers are from Exit 133 (Dotsero) to Exit 116 (Glenwood Springs). Closure points for westbound travelers are from Exit 87 (West Rifle) to Exit 109 (Canyon Creek).

Motorists can either seek the northern alternate route via Steamboat Springs OR wait out the Flash Flood Warning. Motorists who decide to wait out the closure MUST wait at a location off I-70, and will NOT be allowed to wait on the roadway. If a debris flow or mudslide occurs during the warning, I-70 will be closed for a longer period of time.

For westbound motorists from the Denver metro area who are detouring: plan on traveling on the northern recommended alternate route by exiting I-70 at Exit 205 (Silverthorne) and traveling north Colorado Highway 9 towards Kremmling or by exiting I-70 at Exit 157 (Wolcott) and traveling north on Colorado Highway 131 towards Steamboat Springs. 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

I-70 is closed between mile-markers 116 and 133 both directions, main Glenwood exit and Dotsero, due to a flash flood warning.

National Weather Service

Flash Flood Warning

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 440 PM MDT, Doppler radar indicated thunderstorms producing heavy rain over the Grizzly Creek Fire Burn Area. Between 0.2 and 0.4 inches of rain have fallen. Additional rainfall amounts of 0.2 to 0.5 inches are possible in the warned 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. FLASH FLOOD…RADAR INDICATED FLASH FLOOD DAMAGE THREAT…CONSIDERABLE

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.

Glenwood Canyon reopened – Flash Flood Warning downgraded to Flash Flood Watch