I-25, I-70 closed in parts because of flooding, slides

By: Associated Press / KKCO Email
By: Associated Press / KKCO Email

CDOT issues an Emergency Travel Advisory.  Motorists should avoid travel unless absolutely necessary in:

  • Boulder County
  • Larimer County
  • Jefferson Count
  • Clear Creek County.

DENVER, Colo. Flooding in Colorado is creating treacherous conditions across the state. I-25 is closed from Longmont north to the Wyoming border, and a portion of I-70 in the mountains has been closed after a rockslide.

Check for the most updated road conditions here:

Colorado Department of Transportation Website

Colorado Department of Transportation Information Website

**Please note that because of heavy traffic both of these sites have experienced outages this morning, you can also get information from the Colorado Department of Transportation on Twitter, we've put a link under 'related links' below. **

An emergency travel advisory was issued this morning for several northern Colorado counties. The department of transportation says motorists should avoid travel unless absolutely necessary in Boulder County, Larimer County, Jefferson County, and Clear Creek County.

CDOT says weather and flooding in these counties will continue to impact roadways. Additionally while a roadway may appear passable, those near water flow may have damage that may not be apparent. Many highways and bridges will remain closed as a precaution until crews are able to evaluate whether or not they are safe for use.

Interstate 70 was re-opened late Friday morning at Beaver Brook. Rockslide clean up continues on the roadway, but traffic is flowing as CDOT has moved westbound traffic into eastbound lanes at the base of Floyd Hill.

Interstate 25 is closed north of Denver from Longmont to the Wyoming state line.

Due to the amount of saturation and possible unstable conditions of the state highways, the Colorado Department of Transportation advises motorists to avoid travel unless absolutely necessary in Boulder County, Larimer County, Jefferson County, and Clear Creek County

With rain still falling and the flood threat still real, authorities called on thousands more people in the inundated city of Boulder and nearby towns to evacuate as rivers and creeks rose to dangerous levels.

The late-night reports from Boulder and the village of Eldorado Springs came as rescuers struggled to reach dozens of people cut off by flooding in Colorado mountain towns. Residents in the Denver area and other downstream communities were warned to stay off flooded streets.

Boulder County spokesman James Burrus said 17 people were unaccounted for this morning. At least three people are dead and another is missing.

Overflowing Vrain Creek cut the town of Longmont in half. Evacuation requests were issued for some neighborhoods, all major roads were closed, and several thousand homes and businesses were without power.

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