Colorado Department of Transportation Warning of Monsoon Rains, Road Closures Next Week
Following the Tuesday (July 20) flooding of the Poudre River and multiple mudslides in Glenwood Canyon, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) says to expect more "weather-related disruptions" next week.
According to a press release from CDOT, Colorado's monsoon season will continue for the next seven to 10 days. As heavy thunderstorms move across the state, officials are particularly concerned about burn areas from the Cameron Peak, East Troublesome, and Grizzly Creek fires.
"Between the unrelenting weather forecast and the impacts we are seeing throughout Colorado, CDOT is asking travelers to take extra precautions, plan for additional time, and double-check conditions before traveling," said Shoshana Lew, Executive Director of CDOT, in the release. "Our crews will continue to monitor conditions closely and take what steps we can to keep people safe and return to normal as the weather allows."
I-70 in Glenwood Canyon is currently open following a 24-hour closure; however, officials believe the weather will force another closure soon.
The Poudre River is also closed, although Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith said in a Facebook post that crews are reevaluating the closure later today (July 22). Smith confirmed that one woman died in the flooding, while three others are still unaccounted for.
The flooding also destroyed five structures in a mudslide along Black Hollow Road. Homes, cars, and other debris are continuing to wash up throughout the Poudre Canyon.
"Landslides can travel several miles and create an avalanche of earth, mud, and debris. These natural disasters are fast-moving and come with force," said Col. Matthew C. Packard, Chief of the Colorado State Patrol (CSP), in the release. "Advance preparation can make a big difference in your safety and survival."
Packard noted that unusual sounds, cracking trees, and shaking rocks are all signs of a possible landslide. Stay up to date with the latest travel conditions here.