Flooding Damages Highways Near Deckers

Heavy Rains Swell Creeks, S. Platte River

Heavy overnight rains caused a mudslide on Highway 126 near Deckers, forcing the closure of the highway into Wednesday. A section of Highway 67, south of Deckers, was also washed out.

Jefferson County spokeswoman Kathryn Heider said flood waters also undercut about a 300-foot section of Highway 126, near the turnoff to Cheesman Reservoir. It is expected to take about a week to repair that section of the road, she said.

Mindy Crane, with the Colorado Department of Transportation, issued a statement Wednesday afternoon about Highway 67 that said:

"Last night around 10:30 p.m., following heavy rain, mud and debris came down onto State Highway 67, five miles south of Deckers, completely closing the highway. Due to the amount of debris, mud and rain, the creek was rerouted onto the highway, which ultimately deteriorated portions of the roadway. Colorado Department of Transportation crews have been on site since the incident working to clear the mud and debris from the roadway and culverts."

State Highway 67 reopened at 5 p.m.

"CDOT crews will return tomorrow and possibly Friday to finish some minor work. During this time, there will be single-lane alternating traffic with flaggers on site to direct motorists through the work zone. There will not be any more full closure of SH 67 to complete the work," Crane said.

The tiny hamlet of nearby Trumbull reported receiving 1.75 inches of rain Tuesday night.

Both Trumball and Deckers did not have power at the height of the late-night storm.

Wigwam Creek was reported out of its banks at one point Tuesday night and debris from the flooding had washed into the South Platte River.

Shady Brook, a YMCA camp south of Deckers, was also hit by heavy rain Tuesday night. All 240 campers were said to be OK and the camp posted on its Web site that it remained in operation.

There were no reports of injuries but several stranded motorists in the area were rescued Tuesday night.

The Denver Water Board was notified of floating debris in the South Platte, which feeds Strontia Springs Reservoir. That section of the South Platte is a Gold Medal trout stream.

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