Highway reopen after flooding forced shutdown between Wetmore and Westcliffe

FREMONT COUNTY, Colo. — Highway 96 reopened Sunday evening after flooding prompted a shutdown earlier in the day, according to the Colorado State Patrol.

Officials warned people that attempting to drive through water raises the risk of possible drowning.

A tweet posted at 5:17 p.m. said that Highway 96 between Wetmore and Westcliffe was shut down with no estimated time to reopen.

The Fremont County Sheriff tweeted that Hardscrabble Creek was flooding and reports indicated the water wall was 20 feet wide.

There are reportedly no injuries at this time and drivers should take an alternate route on Highway 96 through Texas Creek.