Jun 17, 2015

Mudslides hit Northfork Highway on Tuesday, causing some delays

Heavy rain sent rock and mud sliding onto U.S. Highway 14-16-20 west of Cody on Tuesday afternoon.

The slides did not close the highway, but they did lead to minor traffic delays as Wyoming Department of Transportation maintenance workers cleared the road, the department said in a Wednesday news release.

Rains triggered this mess along the North Fork Highway. Photo courtesy WYDOT
The mud and rock slide hit the highway about 12.5 miles east of Yellowstone National Park's eastern gate (at milepost 12.5). Mud and debris from the rainstorm also plugged a handful of pipes that run underneath the highway between mileposts 9 and 12.5.

“A rain cloud hung over the area and caused the issues,” said WYDOT maintenance foreman Jim Berry of Cody in the release. “The soils are saturated with water, so we may see more of this if afternoon rain storms continue.”
Berry said maintenance workers are monitoring the situation.

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