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Colorado Highway 125 shut down again because of mudslide; flash flood warnings in Grand County

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Posted at 5:02 PM, Jul 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-22 23:34:02-04

DENVER – Colorado Highway 125 was shut down again Thursday afternoon because of another mudslide shortly after it reopened. The highway had been closed from Wednesday afternoon until early Thursday afternoon for a different mudslide.

Thursday’s closure was put in place between Trail Creek and County Road 54. The prior closure had been in place between Cabin Creek and Buffalo Creek. At approximately 8:13 p.m. the sheriff's office said it had stopped raining, but that the Colorado Department of Transportation would be keeping Colorado Highway 125 closed Thursday night.

The mudslide on Highway 125 happened between Granby and Rand, where a flash flood warning is in effect until 8 p.m. Thursday after between a ½ inch and 1 ½ inches of rain fell on the East Troublesome Fire burn scar.

Just after 6 p.m., Highway 125 was shut down at the intersection with Highway 40. It is only open to local traffic to mile post 5.5

In southern Grand County, another flash flood warning is in effect until 6:15 p.m. because of thunderstorms over the Williams Fork Fire burn scar.

Lightning is also suspected to be the culprit of two small wildfires burning in Grand County. The U.S. Forest Service reported one wildfire, the Riflesight Fire, that's approximately one-tenth of an acre burning near the Riflesight Trail in the Rollins Pass Area. The other fire, the Rogers Pass Fire, is southwest of the Rogers Pass Trailhead west of the Rogers Pass Trail on the south side of the Moffat Tunnel. There are currently no homes threatened in either fire area, and the forest service said the spread potential of the fires is low to moderate given precipitation in the extended forecast.

Flash flooding across the state is expected through Saturday, and into next week in some places, because of the monsoon weather pattern bringing rain and thunderstorms to Colorado.

Interstate 70 was also closed in Glenwood Canyon again Thursday afternoon, as was westbound I-70 at Avon.

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