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I-70 reopens in Glenwood Canyon after flash flood warning

The closure was in place between Glenwood Springs and Dotsero, CDOT said.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. — Interstate 70 reopened after being closed in both directions through Glenwood Canyon due to a flash flood warning Tuesday evening, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) said.

The interstate was closed from Glenwood Springs (exit 116) to Dotsero (exit 133). The flash flood warning was issued at 3:26 p.m.

At 5 p.m., CDOT said I-70 had reopened in both directions.

> The video above is from April.

CDOT automatically closes the flood-prone stretch of highway anytime a flash flood warning is issued by the National Weather Service.  

The burn scar from the 2020 Grizzly Creek Fire is located along the highway, and burn scars are especially vulnerable to flash flooding due to the lack of vegetation to absorb moisture. As a result, flood-driven mudslides are common near or even over the interstate. 

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