This year's monsoon moisture season has resulted in mudslides being a much greater concern for Colorado travelers because of the many burn scar areas left over from an active wildfire season last year.
Heavy rains hit the East Troublesome fire burn scar on Wednesday, resulting in multiple mudslides crashing onto Colorado 125, north of Granby, the Grand County Sheriff's Office said.
The slides happened between mile markers 10 and 15 about 2:30 p.m., trapping several vehicles on the road and subsequently closing the stretch of highway.
🚨 Video of the mudslide this afternoon shutting down CO Hwy 125 between Cabin Creek and Buffalo Creek in Grand County. Find road update information at https://t.co/4JyFGZ9EDQ.— Grand County Sheriff (@GrandCoSheriff) July 22, 2021
📸 Credit: Grand County Sheriff #grandcounty #grandcountycolorado #coflood #cowx @ColoradoDOT pic.twitter.com/d4usx8IIC0
A Thursday morning update said the road was still closed as the Colorado Department of Transportation continues to remove debris from the roadway with no estimated time of reopening and additional rain on the way over the next several days.
Drivers who were trapped by the mudslides have since been cleared out and are no longer stranded. No injuries were reported.
.@ColoradoDOT continues to work w/a loader & dump trucks to remove the debris from #CO125. All of the motorists that were stopped in-between the slides have been cleared out & are no longer stranded #grandcounty— Grand County Sheriff (@GrandCoSheriff) July 22, 2021
📸Credit Grand County Sheriff pic.twitter.com/PsjsCyoKTs
Mudslides have been problematic in Colorado over recent weeks, repeatedly resulting in the closure of a heavily used stretch of Interstate 70 through Glenwood Canyon and resulting in a fatal flash flood in Larimer County.
While traveling around Colorado, be aware of the forecast and realize that heavy monsoon moisture rains could cause flooding.
Areas around burn scars are particularly problematic. Never attempt to drive through standing water -- it's much safer to turn around and find a new route.