Many states in the nation are not getting enough water, but for others it may be too much. Colorado has experienced torrential rainfall in the past week, causing massive mudslides in Glenwood Canyon.
The mudslides started July 31st, leading to a shutdown across 17 miles on I-70 which normally connects Las Vegas to Denver by way of Utah.
Colorado Governor Jared Polis and Colorado Department of Transportation Executive Director Shoshana Lew visited the I-70 corridor of Glenwood Canyon Wednesday, August 11th. They were there not only to assess the damage caused by mudslides in the surrounding area, but also to view the progress made to clean up and reopen the canyon route, as well as to implement safety measures to better prevent the mudslides from happening again in the future. To these ends, Colorado has declared the Glenwood Canyon corridor a disaster area and petitioned $116 million from the federal Department of Transportation.
For the first half of August, drivers were advised to take a detour by way of Route 40 which passes through Craig, Hayden, Milner, and Steamboat Springs.
The corridor is partially reopened. Drivers can pass through the Glenwood Canyon corridor, but traffic is forced into a single lane for one mile surrounding Mile Point 123.5. Additionally, commercial vehicles wider than 8.5 feet in width are prohibited, and all drivers are advised to practice caution when on the road.
If the state of Colorado is interested in trading with us in California, torrential rainfall for wildfires, maybe our officials can talk with your officials and get something done.
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