3 rock slides temporarily close highways

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Denver (AP) - Portions of hillsides soaked by up to 52 inches of snow from last week's snowstorm gave way, sending mud and rocks onto three highways and forcing their closures along the eastern edge of the Rocky Mountains.

No injuries or damage were reported in rock slides Sunday evening that shut down highways that included U.S. 34, the main highway to Rocky Mountain National Park, about 11 miles east of Estes Park. The Colorado Department of Transportation also reported other slides on U.S. 285 at Kenosha Pass, about 45 miles southwest of Denver, and the lesser traveled Colorado 7 between Jamestown and Lyons, about 15 miles southeast of Estes Park.

U.S. 34 and U.S. 385 were reopened about an hour after the slides happened, while Colorado 7 reopened about three hours after it was closed Sunday evening.

Meanwhile, Xcel Energy Spokesman Joe Fuentes said 3,000 customers in Evergreen should have power restored by Monday, three days after a powerful snowstorm moved through the state Friday. Dozens of Xcel customers were also without power in Denver and Boulder.
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