I-70 reopens after “shallow mudslides” in Glenwood Canyon cause 4-hour closure

Post Independent Staff Report
This image from the Colorado Department of Transportation show a “shallow mudslide” in Glenwood Canyon on Wednesday after a rainstorm moved through, closing the interstate.
Courtesy COT

Interstate 70 reopened Wednesday night in the Glenwood Canyon after a more than 4-hour closure following Wednesday afternoon rains that caused “two shallow mudslides,” the Colorado Department of Transportation said.

The road reopened just about 8 p.m. after mudslides happened near mile marker 128 inside the Grizzly Creek burn scar. They were 1 to 3 inches of very slick mud, CDOT said. The closure started about 3:45 p.m. Wednesday.

A flash flood warning was issued Wednesday afternoon, and CDOT is shutting down the interstate in Glenwood Canyon when a warning is issued for the area because of potential mud and debris slides in the burn scar. I-70 eastbound is also closed from the Rifle exit to Dotsero.

The warning expired at 5:30 p.m., but a broader flash flood watch was in effect until 8 p.m. Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.

Looking ahead, drier conditions are expected to return Thursday as high pressure strengthens back over the Great Basin, according to the NWS outlook. “However, diurnal storms will persist over the higher terrain through the weekend,” it said.