Crews Work Overnight to Clear Canyon
Travelers Should Anticipate I-70 Closures
UPDATE: June 29, 2020 @ 9 a.m.
The National Weather Service has announced a Flash Flood Advisory in Glenwood Canyon due to flash floods for the Grizzly Creek Burn Area in effect. Motorists should be prepared for a potential closure of Interstate 70 through Glenwood Canyon due to heavy rainfall that could trigger flash floods, mudslides, rockfall or other hazards to travelers. CDOT has closed the Grizzly Creek and Shoshone Power Plan rest areas and the Glenwood Canyon recreation path due to a Flash Flood Advisory for the Grizzly Creek burn scar. CDOT will be on standby, with the same procedures as during a Flash Flood Watch. If a Flash Flood Warning is issued for the Grizzly Creek burn scar, CDOT will close I-70 in Glenwood Canyon and clear the canyon of traffic. If there is an I-70 closure that is anticipated to last longer than an hour, CDOT will ask that motorists use the recommended northern alternate route.
I-70 Re-Opened, Closed After Mud Slide
I-70 in Glenwood Canyon continues to be closed to westbound traffic at Exit 133 (Dotsero). Eastbound I-70 traffic is being detoured onto the northern alternate route, starting at Exit 87 (West Rifle) and continuing north on Colorado Highway 13. Please see below for the full description and map of the recommended northern alternate route. Local eastbound traffic on I-70 can continue eastbound from Exit 87 onto US Highway 6, and continue towards Glenwood Springs and the Roaring Fork Valley. CDOT crews are working to clear the main mudflow that reached I-70 today, which is located near Exit 119 (No Name) at the location described in the advisory below.
This flow came down at the same drainage location as yesterday (Saturday 6/26). The mudflow reached westbound and eastbound lanes, with more material on the westbound lanes. The estimated size and depth of the flow remains the same as described below. The Flash Flood Warning that was in effect this evening (Sunday 6/27) has lifted, and rain in Glenwood Canyon has stopped. The CDOT Geohazards team concluded that once the warning was lifted, crews could safely enter the debris flow area to begin mudflow clean up operations. Those operations are now underway and will continue tonight, as long as conditions are safe. Motorists should continue to check cotrip.org tonight if they are monitoring the closure.
Sunday Morning, June 27 7 a.m.
- UPDATE 6:00 a.m. westbound lanes of I-70 opened overnight. Cleanup efforts are still underway. Motorists are asked to use extreme caution and expect delays.
- UPDATE 8:00 p.m. I-70 EB lanes are now open. WB lanes remain closed with no estimated time for reopening. Please check COtrip.org
Original Report: Mud Slides Closes Glenwood Canyon
June 26, 2021 at 3 p.m. from CDOT
This is an EXTENDED CLOSURE and motorists are encouraged to utilize the alternate route (Please see attached map). That route is CO 13 Rifle to Craig, east on US 40 to Steamboat over Rabbit Ears Pass to Kremmling down CO 9 to Silverthorne.
The closure points are EB mile point 87/West Rifle and WB Exit 133/Dotsero. Motorist traveling WB can access CO 82 Independence Pass as well.
Please do not use travel applications to look for alternate routes. There are many auxiliary roads such as Cottonwood Pass, Hagerman Pass and Eagle/Thomasville Road that are not passable and do not have cell service. Cottonwood Pass is restricted to local traffic only.
Building a Life After Trauma
By Christal Rothrock, LPC, DBT-LBC – Solvista Health Program Supervisor
Sunday, June 27, is National Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Day. Although PTSD can sometimes be a term that is used jokingly or to describe a reaction to a common occurrence, it is a condition that can seriously impact a person’s relationships and quality of life. It affects over 9 million people in the United States alone.
Events such as serious accidents, sexual abuse, physical abuse, combat in war, natural disasters, or serious injury are events that are commonly reported by those diagnosed with PTSD. Though symptoms can vary from person to person, PTSD includes 4 categories of symptoms:
- Intrusion – thoughts, images, dreams, or flashbacks of the traumatic event
- Avoidance – the efforts to avoid people, places and activities that can remind the person of the traumatic event
- Changes in thoughts and mood – feeling guilty, blaming others, detaching from relationships, or ongoing beliefs that are not based on facts
- Changes in functioning – increased arousal or anger, reckless behavior, decreased sleep, or feeling increased suspicion of others
When a person has experienced or witnessed a traumatic event, they may develop PTSD symptoms immediately or some time after the event. The good news is there are evidence-based treatments available locally to help people heal from the debilitating symptoms.
Three leading treatments for PTSD are:
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) – This therapy helps understand the connection between thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. Behavioral skills help the person stop cycles of experiencing the trauma and learn new ways of coping.
- Prolonged Exposure Therapy – This therapy is often combined with CBT in treatment. It helps the person decrease reactions to trauma memories while learning how to effectively cope with PTSD symptoms. This treatment addresses flashbacks, physical distress and nightmares.
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). This therapy uses a series of guided movements (eye movements) that assist with processing traumatic memories while decreasing the distress related to the traumatic memory.
The first step in starting the recovery process is to reach out for help. Solvista Health has mental health professionals trained to provide the three leading treatments for PTSD. There is life after trauma and Solvista Health supports individuals in their path to recovery. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 719-275-2351. Or, get started online at, www.solvistaconnect.org.