Downpours Close County Roads
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SAN MIGUEL COUNTY – A prolonged rain- and hail-storm led to mudslides that closed Colorado Highway 145 at the base of Keystone Hill and, in a second slide, cut off access to the tiny town of Ophir Monday, July 18.

Keystone was closed following a 7 p.m. mudslide; responders had redirected traffic from Deep Creek to the Highway 145/Highway 62 turn, and from Airport Road to Deep Creek, within an hour.

Ophir drivers weren't quite so lucky. The downpour caused a gully to slide from a high elevation on the south side of the valley, burying the road 50 feet across and several feet deep, stranding vehicles on either side of the road, 1.25 miles from Hwy. 145, until early Tuesday. Residents were able to get across the slide on foot, however.

Both roads were reported open at 6 a.m. the next morning, but according to San Miguel County Dispatch, remained “muddy and slippery.”

Drivers are still urged to “use caution.”

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