May 25, 2015

Mud and rock slides close road through Wind River Canyon

Wet conditions have triggered a series of mud and rock slides in the Wind River Canyon and have closed the road.

Authorities made the decision to close U.S. Highway 20, which runs through the canyon, on Sunday night and it remained closed on Memorial Day. The highway is not expected to reopen until at least Tuesday, according to a post on the Thermopolis 911 Communications Center's Facebook page Monday afternoon.

The scene at the Wind River Canyon, shared Monday by WyDOT spokesman Cody Beers.
"Anyone intending to travel south from Park County should make plans to use alternate routes," the Park County Sheriff's Office advised in a Monday Facebook post.

On Monday morning, regional Wyoming Department of Transportation spokesman Cody Beers tweeted a photo of one massive slide covering the highway, along with photos of several other smaller ones.

Beers said WyDOT crews were working to clear the road, which is a heavily-used for access to the Big Horn Basin.

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