Update: Interstate 70 is now open through Glenwood Canyon following flash flood warning

Update: This story has been updated to reflect that Interstate 70 is now open.

Interstate 70 was closed through Glenwood Canyon due to a flash flood warning from approximately 5:30 p.m. until about 10:45 p.m. Wednesday, according to alerts from Colorado Department of Transportation.

The flash flood warning was set to expire at 10 p.m. Wednesday.

The closure came after leaders from across the region decided to preemptively close the stretch of highway to protect public safety following historic mudslides in 2021.

Westbound motorists from the Denver metro area were directed north around the closure via U.S. Highway 40, Colorado Highway 9 or Colorado Highway 131.

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