GJ business seeing effects of front range flooding

By: Zach Berridge Email
By: Zach Berridge Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) The intense storms seen on the Front Range have taken their toll, and now the Western Slope is starting to see problems of their own as a result.

One local business is being affected by some of the problems caused by the flooding.

The high waters washed out foundations under several portions of Union Pacific's Moffatt railroad Line, which runs between Grand Junction and Denver.

As a result, the line has been shut down completely, meaning there is no rail travel between the two cities.

Dave Fedler owns Dave's Depot, a gift shop located right in the Amtrak station in Grand Junction, and his business depends on the trains coming through.

"This is my full-time business supporting me and my kids," Fedler said. "On a normal day it's packed in here. You can hardly get around there's so many people. And now it's like a ghost town."

Amtrak is shuttling people via bus to and from Denver for the next couple days, but after that, they're re-routing all passengers through Cheyenne, Wyoming, which will affect travel time.

Until the flooding is cleared out and Union Pacific is able to survey the damage, they cannot set a timetable for the re-opening of the Moffatt Line, but have already begun working to fix the problems.

"I know we've begun moving rock to the area as early as Thursday," said Mark Davis of Union Pacific. "Crews will be working as quickly and safely as they can to open the lines as soon as they can."

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