Flash flood warning issued for Grizzly Creek, East Troublesome burn areas

The National Weather Service issued flash flood warnings Monday afternoon and evening for Grizzly Creek and the East Troublesome burn areas.

The Colorado Department of Transportation closed Interstate 70 through Glenwood Canyon briefly Monday evening but reopened after there were no debris flows or mudslides.

Earlier on Monday, the National Weather Service warned I-70 drivers about hail and torrential rain between Georgetown and Dumont, but later said the strongest part of the storm had shifted to the south with brief heavy rain expected on I-70 through Idaho Springs.

The weather service issued a flash flood warning for the Grizzly Creek Fire Burn area in western Eagle County and east central Garfield County. It warned of flooding, particularly as debris flowed from the burn scar in the Glenwood Canyon area. The weather service cautioned travelers of rock, mud, vegetation and other materials that could flow through the flash flooding.

“This is a life threatening situation,” the weather service wrote in its warning. It encouraged people to turn around when seeing flooded roads.

The weather service also issued a flash flood warning Monday afternoon for north central Grand County, including in the northwest portion of the East Troublesome burn area, telling people to immediately move to higher ground if they see flooding.

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