Local storm wreaks havoc | PostIndependent.com

Local storm wreaks havoc

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – A much-needed thunderstorm brought plenty of badly needed rain to the Glenwood Springs area Saturday evening – in addition to plenty of problems, including lightning-sparked fires and high waters on roads.

As of press time, a rainstorm that originated around 6 p.m. was still producing intermittent rain showers in addition to thunder and lightning.

At least six fires, apparently started by lightning strikes, were reported to Glenwood Springs dispatchers. Fires were reported at, among other locations, Alkali Creek and Divide Creek west of Glenwood Springs and Red Canyon Road near Colorado Mountain College’s Spring Valley campus.

Throughout the evening, multiple lightning bolts lit up the night sky above Glenwood Springs, at times every 15 to 30 seconds.

A flash flood warning went into effect around 8 p.m. This was followed by reports of mud and debris flowing across Highway 82 near Buffalo Valley southeast of Glenwood Springs. Mud and standing water were evident on the eastbound lanes of Highway 82 from the CMC Spring Valley turnoff to the Glenwood Springs city limits.

Colorado Department of Transportation workers were dispatched to the area, and reported that traffic was not adversely hindered by the debris. CDOT workers reported they would plow the mud and debris off the highway.

A rollover accident was also reported at 8:35 p.m. near the Murr Ranch between New Castle and Silt on Highway 6. One party was reported leaning out of the vehicle and not moving. Silt Ambulance was dispatched to the scene.

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