UPDATE: Interstate 70 in Glenwood Canyon reopens after closure for flash flood warning | PostIndependent.com

UPDATE: Interstate 70 in Glenwood Canyon reopens after closure for flash flood warning

Post Independent Staff Reports

UPDATE 8:22 P.M.: Interstate 70 has reopened through Glenwood Canyon from Glenwood Springs to Dostero, according to a Garfield County alert.

I-70 was closed Tuesday evening in both directions between Glenwood Springs and Dotsero due to a flash flood warning, according to the National Weather Service.

The flash flood warning, which expired at 8 p.m., was for the Grizzly Creek burn area, which is in Glenwood Canyon.

At 5:05 p.m., radar indicated thunderstorms producing heavy rain over the burn area. Flash flooding was ongoing or expected to begin shortly, the warning states.

Excessive rainfall over the burn scar can result in debris flow moving through the Glenwood Canyon area, the warning stated, and the debris flow can consist of rock, mud, vegetation and other loose materials.

“This is a life threatening situation. Heavy rainfall will cause extensive and severe flash flooding of creeks … streams … and ditches in the Grizzly Creek Burn Area,” the warning stated. “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.”

The canyon was closed at times Saturday, Sunday and Monday because of heavy rains that caused debris and mud slides.

The Post Independent will provide further updates.

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