DENVER– Governor Jared Polis has authorized two disaster declarations in response to the mudslides that forced the I-70 corridor through Glenwood Canyon to close.
The first authorizes the Colorado National Guard for traffic control and debris removal efforts and permits the State Emergency Operations Plan to be activated for additional funds to repair damage done to the area since the burn scar flooding and slides.
The second declaration allows the state to seek federal funds to assistant with the recovery process.
In action similar to the response to the 2013 floods, the State Emergency Operations Center and the Colorado Department of Transportation have formed an Incident Command team.
Governor Polis said, “Glenwood Canyon plays a major part in the daily lives of communities across the Western Slope as well as in moving our supply chain across the state, supporting our outdoor recreation industry, and so much more. This disaster declaration will help to deploy more resources to clear the canyon and ensure Colorado prepares for future disasters that may impact this critical juncture on I-70.”
For now, the Governor and other officials are assessing the damage to formulate a request for a federal disaster declaration from President Joe Biden as part of the Stafford Act. If granted, Colorado would receive federal funding to respond to the mudslide damage.
To read the full executive order issued by Governor Polis, click here.