I-70 reopens following afternoon mudslides in Avon
Nottingham Road in Avon west of Buck Creek Road has also reopened
6:15 p.m. update: Multiple mudslides in the Avon area closed westbound Interstate 70 at mile marker 167 as well as Nottingham Road in Avon west of Buck Creek Road on Thursday afternoon. All roads — including Nottingham Road as well westbound I-70 — reopened just after 6 p.m.
The mudslides were triggered by heavy rainfall in the area.
Cody Cosper, Avon’s deputy chief of police, said the heavy rains caused a fairly significant mudslide on Nottingham Road around the 300-400 block and also on Swift Gulch Road at about the 300-400 block. There were also some smaller mudslides up along Buck Creek Road, Mountain Star Road and on Wildwood Road.
“Public Works crews have been working along with first responding agencies to get those cleaned up and keep traffic moving as much as possible,” Cosper said.
Some of the slides also impacted the westbound lane of I-70. Colorado Department of Transportation workers worked with town of Avon Public Works crews to clean up the mess.
No injuries have been reported, but Cosper did say the flooding and mudslides are “probably one of the biggest that I’ve seen in 10 years.”
“This was not the normal expected level of rain or level of mud — usually we have a little on Nottingham and that’s about it,” he said. “We had some water standing in Nottingham Park and water standing in Avon Road around 3 (p.m.), which has all started to drain off. It was a significant amount of rain.”
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Mudslides in Avon
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