I-70, Hwy 50 reopened after closures

By: AP
By: AP

One lane of WB Highway 50 12 miles N. of Delta is open, but a single lane remains closed after flooding in the area. Eastbound is flowing normally.

As for i-70, it's moving again but an hours long closure stopped traffic heading west to Denver for most of the evening and night. A Mudslide 30 feet long and 18 feet wide had to be cleared from the thoroughfare.

Update @ 6:45 PM

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo (KKCO)-- CDOT does not have an estimated re-open time for I-70 at this point. Westbound it moving again, but eastbound traffic is being blocked at the Clifton exit and cars already on the interstate are at a standstill.

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ACROSS COLORADO (AP) - Heavy rain in areas burned by wildfires in northern Colorado has led to flash flooding, and a mudslide has closed both directions of Interstate 70 at Palisade in western Colorado.

The National Weather Service says more than 1.5 inches of rain fell in the northern Colorado burn areas Thursday. The rain pushed mud and rocks onto parts of Highway 14. Crews quickly cleared debris to reopen the road.

Meanwhile, Wellington fire officials say a lightning strike caught nine farm workers, injuring two critically and four seriously.

In western Colorado, in addition to the slide on I-70, a mudslide closed U.S. 24 two miles east of Minturn. Mudslides also were reported in the Marble and Redstone areas. The National Weather Service estimates some parts of western Colorado got two inches of rain.


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