Mudslides near Fort Collins

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) -- Two mudslides temporarily closed a 14-mile stretch of Colorado 14 northwest of Fort Collins, as rain pelted an area burned by the High Park Fire last year.

Firefighter Tony Falbo tells the Fort Collins Coloradoan (http://noconow.co/14OA0tA) that drivers were stranded between the slides Friday afternoon about a mile west of Mishawaka Amphitheatre.

The National Weather Service says radar shows up to two inches of rain fell within an hour in the area. The rain swept logs and large boulders on the road.

Meanwhile near Boulder, automated rain gauges show up to 0.8 inches of rain fell within 90 minutes in the northwest part of an area burned in 2010 by the Fourmile Fire.

Soils burned by wildfires can repel water, leading to mudslides and flash floods.


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