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Red Dirt Swirl: Warm temps, heavy snowpack causing headaches as mud flows abound

A train that apparently includes oil cars is stuck in feet of mud and debris below Red Mountain in Glenwood Springs. The same flow hindered access to the wastewater facility in West Glenwood this morning, and caused delays for an Amtrak passenger train, according to the Post Independent.

A slide also covered an access road to the Hanging Lake Rest Area, where hiking reservations have been suspended through Friday.

Officials are asking the public to stay away from closed trails on Red Mountain and Wulfsohn Mountain Park, among others. Glenwoodrec.com/320 has additional information.

Three Mile Creek flooded last night, covering its namesake road and washing out a private bridge.

Observers in West Glenwood say portions of an unofficial camp for unhoused people has been washed away. No injuries or missing persons have been reported.

Municipal employees in Silt have shut down the town’s water intake from the Colorado River due to high levels of sediment caused by the flows.

With daytime highs in the 70s this week paired with rain and thunderstorms, the situation is unlikely to improve anytime soon. That means it’s even more imperative than usual to check websites like COTrip.org before traveling by car. Hikers, bikers, and drivers should turn back if they reach a flow or stream, rather than try to cross it.

For KDNK News, I'm Morgan Neely.

Morgan is KDNK's News Director. He comes to KDNK with public radio passion and experience. He was a news host, reporter, and operations/programming director at KAJX-Aspen, and has extensive experience working in municipal government.