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Mudslides in Colorado trap motorists on highway

SHOTLIST:RESTRICTION SUMMARY: NO RE-SALE, RE-USE OR ARCHIVE; MUST CREDIT DENVER POOL CHOPPER; NO ACCESS DENVER; NO USE BY US BROADCAST NETWORKSDENVER POOL CHOPPER - NO RE-SALE, RE-USE OR ARCHIVE; MUST CREDIT DENVER POOL CHOPPER; NO ACCESS DENVER; NO USE BY US BROADCAST NETWORKSGlenwood Canyon, Colorado - 30 July 20211. Aerial view of mud and other debris across roadway after mudslidesANNOTATION: More than 100 people were trapped on Interstate 70 in western Colorado after rains over a wildfire burn area triggered mudslides Thursday night. 2. Aerial view of semi-truck and trailers stopped near mudslide areaANNOTATION: Officials said crews were working Friday to evacuate people stranded in the area. There were no reports of injuries. 3. Aerial view of traffic lined up on highway due to road closure ANNOTATION: Transportation officials said a section of the highway will remain closed over the weekend due to a major cleanup underway and more rain in the forecast.STORYLINE:More than 100 people had to spend the night on a highway, including nearly 30 who took refuge in a tunnel, after rain over an area burned by a wildfire once again triggered mudslides in western Colorado, authorities said Friday.The people were caught with their vehicles on Interstate 70 in Glenwood Canyon on Thursday night. Those in the tunnel were stuck for about nine hours until crews could carve out a path through the mud to reach them about 6:30 a.m. Friday, Garfield County Sheriff's Office spokesman Walt Stowe said. The tunnel serves as a 24-hour operations center for the Colorado Department of Transportation, so it is relatively well-lit and has telephones, Stowe said. No injuries were reported.The transportation department has accounted for 108 people, including 29 in the tunnel, who were stuck on the highway overnight. Glenwood Canyon has cliffs towering up to 2,000 feet (610 meters) above the Colorado River, making it prone to rockslides and mudslides. In recent weeks, rain over the area burned by a wildfire last summer has triggered frequent slides, resulting in closures of I-70, Colorado's main east-west highway. Those closures have mostly occurred before the storm moves in, to prevent people from being trapped. On Thursday, the canyon had temporarily closed earlier in the day as one storm cell approached but had reopened by the time a second storm cell moved in, which led to the vehicles and their passengers getting trapped, Stowe said. Transportation officials say the section of interstate is expected to be closed through the weekend because of the significant cleanup underway and because of heavy rain in the forecast. “Because the National Weather Service has placed this area back under a Flash Flood Watch, there is a limited window of time to move all abandoned vehicles to safety,” the transportation department said in a news release. ===========================================================Clients are reminded: (i) to check the terms of their licence agreements for use of content outside news programming and that further advice and assistance can be obtained from the AP Archive on: Tel +44 (0) 20 7482 7482 Email: they should check with the applicable collecting society in their Territory regarding the clearance of any sound recording or performance included within the AP Television News service (iii) they have editorial responsibility for the use of all and any content included within the AP Television News service and for libel, privacy, compliance and third party rights applicable to their Territory.
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