Storm causes flooding, mudslides in valley
A powerful thunderstorm packing heavy rain, hail and strong winds slammed into the Grand Valley this afternoon, causing a mudslide on Monument Road and flooding multiple streets around town.
The storm was expected to delay buses on the west end of the valley on the first day of school. More rain is forecast to move into the area this afternoon and evening.
Monument Road between Mariposa Drive and South Glade Park Road remained closed at 3 p.m. due to mud, rocks and logs washing onto the road. Drivers are being advised to find alternate routes as city crews attempt to clear the debris. Colorado Highway 340 just east of the west entrance to Colorado National Monument was reportedly closed. There was an unconfirmed report just after 3 p.m. of the road being washed out in the area of Redlands Road and South Redlands Road.
Other areas and intersections impacted by flooding include 25 Road from Riverside Parkway north, the Mesa Mall area, Seventh Street, First Street and Orchard Avenue and Rosevale Road, the Grand Junction Police Department reported.
The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning and a flash flood advisory for parts of Mesa County. The thunderstorm warning has expired, but the flood advisory remains in effect until 5 p.m. Forecasters said several creeks and washes in the region could flood.
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