Colorado road closures as a result of the deadly and destructive Colorado flood this week has left the state public struggling this week, as 2-4’’ of more rain may still be on the horizon, weather experts warn. According to FOX News this Sunday, Sept. 15, helicopter emergency teams and rescue teams are continuing to work in the hopes of saving more from the floodwaters that left at least five dead and hundreds unaccounted for.
The Colorado road closures have been lightened somewhat this Sunday night, as the Denver Post offered some information from state officials regarding which highways have been opened this afternoon. When traveling, the public is strongly advised by the Colorado Transportation Department to not stay on highways to watch any high water levels or any damage to roadways.
A list of the most recent highway openings are listed below:
Southbound I-225 at Alameda
SH 71 near Snyder
Ongoing Closures In Northeast Colorado
I-76 exit ramps at Barlow Road (milepost 82)
U.S. 34 between Greeley and Wiggins
SH 39 between Goodrich and I-76
SH 52 between SH 14 and I-76
SH 144 between US 34 and CR 13
Ongoing Closures in Northern Colorado
U.S. 34 between Glade Road and Estes Park
U.S. 34 eastbound from Granby to Estes Park - essential travelers only (checkpoints in place)
U.S. 34 from 37th Street to County Road 49 in Greeley
U.S. 36 between Boulder and Estes Park
US 40 at Floyd Hill (MP 269.5 to 270.5)
U.S. 287 at Big Thompson River in Loveland from SH 402 to 5th Street
U.S. 287 from MP 307 (Isabella) to MP 310 (SH 52)
SH 7 between Lyons and Estes Park
SH 14 between Ted's Place and Walden
SH 60 at CR 46
SH 66 between 53rd Street (Longmont) and Lyons
SH 66 between CR 13 and CR 19
SH 119 between Boulder and Nederland (Boulder Canyon)
SH 119 between County Line Road and I-25
SH 170 from SH 93 to El Dorado Canyon State Park
SH 257 between SH 60/Milliken to US 34
Ongoing Closures in the Denver Metro Area
I-70 eastbound off-ramp to Quebec Street
I-70 eastbound to I-225 southbound
I-225 northbound to I-70 eastbound
SH 30 (Havana St) at Alameda
SH 44 (104th Avenue) between Brighton Road and McKay Road
SH 72 (Indiana Street) between 72nd and 80th avenues
SH 72 between SH 93 and SH 119 (Coal Creek Canyon)
According to the Larimer County Sherrif’s Office, as of this Sunday at 4 p.m., the deadly floodwaters are being braved by rescue teams to find more victims. Anywhere between 2-4’’ of rain and more potential flooding is anticipated in the Colorado region’s forecast this Sunday.
"It looks like there is a chance of some heavy rain Sunday, and a continued risk of flash flooding. And then we finally dry out on Monday," a National Weather Service meteorologist offered this week.
Clearer skies and drier weather this Saturday evening fortunately allowed for aerial and ground-based crews in their search for dozens of stranded public Coloradoans, though over 450 people still haven’t been found at this point in time.