The incident occurred Thursday night time after particles from the burn scars across the location of the Grizzly Creek Fire
— which burned greater than 32,000 acres
final August — poured onto I-70 close to the Hanging Lake Tunnel in Glenwood Canyon, in keeping with the Colorado Division of Transportation (CDOT).
“CDOT workers on the tunnel assisted vacationers who had been trapped on I-70 by particles flows and sought shelter at Hanging Lake Tunnel; 29 motorists sheltered on the tunnel advanced in a single day. In whole, CDOT has accounted for 108 people who’ve now been both evacuated from Glenwood Canyon or have been moved to a protected place,” CDOT said in a news release.
Heavy rain has inundated the region
over the previous few days with frequent flash flood warnings. On Thursday night time, after a second flash warning for Glenwood Canyon, “mudslides and particles reached I-70 inside a couple of minutes,” CDOT stated.
It resulted in at the very least 29 autos stranded on the interstate. CDOT stated it was “extraordinarily assured” it had accounted for everybody in each automobile.
The interstate will stay closed by means of the weekend because of the cleanup and since extra rain is forecast for the world, CDOT stated.
Glenwood Canyon is positioned about 156 miles west of Denver, Colorado.