Colorado floods have caused several Colorado road closures including Colorado road closures on parts of I-76, I-25, U.S. 24, U.S. 34, U.S. 36, U.S. 287, and SH 52. As of Sunday night, Colorado road closures are affecting the Denver Metro Area, Northern Colorado, and Northeast Colorado. The Colorado Department of Transportation (DOT) published on Sept. 15, 2013, at 10:30 p.m. that there are some recent highway openings.
The DOT advises that it only lists Colorado road closures for highways. Cities, counties, and towns might have additional road closures.
Colorado road closures in more specific areas because of the Colorado floods are provided by Denvergov.org which is reporting that “the transportation network in Denver is largely open and passable for the evening rush hour. Road closures are in effect in the areas of Colfax and Yosemite, 47th and Quebec and 56th and Roslyn, where crews are on-site and attempting to contain flooding.”
The Colorado Office of Emergency Management provides a list of county-level emergency management websites, telephone (office and 24 hour), emails and sms/txt alert systems in Colorado. Its emergency website is designed for smartphones.
For live-stream updates on Colorado road closures and Colorado floods facts, COTRIP, Traveler Information Provided by Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), is a branch of Colorado’s Department of Transportation and provides the latest Colorado road conditions, lane closures, weather map, and life traffic speeds.
As of Sunday night, the Colorado floods have not only caused several Colorado road closures but statewide chaos. The Colorado Office of Emergency Management is providing the latest updates:
“Colorado Flood Information
- Nine counties and five city Emergency Operations Centers are activated.
- Flood conditions are spread across the Front Range across 15 counties including: Boulder, El Paso, Larimer, Adams, Arapahoe, Broomfield, Clear Creek, Denver, Fremont, Jefferson, Logan, Morgan, Pueblo, Washington, and Weld counties. This are is almost 200 miles from north to south.
- Fatalities: 5
- Reported Missing: 1,253 (approximate and changing throughout the day - local counties have most current numbers)
- Evacuated Persons: 11,750
- Shelter Population Total: 528
- Shelters: 26 Shelters open
- Residential Structures: 17,494 damaged | 1,502 destroyed
- State Emergency Operations Center is operating at 24 hours at Level I
- Information updates posted at www.COEmergency.com , Twitter @COEmergency, and Facebook at COEmergency. Hashtags: #COflood, #BoulderFlood, #JeffcoFlood, #LarimerFlood, #WaldoFlood
- Donations and Volunteer Information: www.HelpColoradoNow.org or 2-1-1
- Register at www.SafeAndWell.org to let families members know you have evacuated safely or to check on loved ones.”
Some amazing Colorado floods rescue videos show a CH-47 Chinook Helicopter airlifting 85 schoolchildren and animals to safety.