Several roadways in multiple counties along the Western Slope have been intermittently blocked and clogged by mudslides during the past 2-weeks and more rain may be on the way. Grand Junction based National Weather Service Meteorologist Tom Renwick says that the monsoonal activity this week won’t be as strong and produce as much rain as last week, but the potential for flashfloods, mudslides and rockslides still exist.
Renwick cautions that mudslides and flash-flooding that occurs in the wake of summer downpours can sometimes pose a more ambiguous threat to hikers than drivers. That’s because historically many mudslide and flashflood victims who were on foot didn’t realize they were in danger because it wasn’t raining where they were hiking. Renwick says a storm may dump copious amounts of precipitation in one area, triggering a flashflood that may then travel several miles away to a location where it hasn’t rained at all.