Rocks, mud on road close lane of Highway 82 near Aspen
July 29, 2010
ASPEN – Heavy rainfall knocked rocks and mud onto Highway 82 on Wednesday evening, closing the right lane of the upvalley side of the roadway.
The lane was closed for a couple of hours, starting at about 7 p.m., as state road crews cleared the debris in the Shale Bluffs area. Streams of water, following the deluge, poured off the bluffs in several spots.
Elsewhere around the state, heavy rains in the mountains west of Boulder washed out a road two miles northwest of Nederland, the Associated Press reported.
Nederland police also reported hail and flooded streets in town Wednesday, although the storm had weakened by late afternoon and the road was reopened. The area was one of several across Colorado under flash flood warnings or advisories as the monsoon season took hold.
The National Weather Service says the Nederland area has received 2 to 4 inches of rain. Snowplows were used to move the hail that piled up several inches deep on the ground west of Nederland.
Parts of El Paso County and western Colorado are also reporting heavy rainfall. A few roads have been washed out in the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests.