Heavy Rains, Mudslides Shut Down Wind River Canyon

courtesy Wyoming Department Of Transportation

By Staff 5-26,2015

Wyoming Department of Transportation officials are working to clear mud and rocks that closed Wind River Canyon Road in central Wyoming about 10 miles south of Thermopolis.

Wyoming Department of Transportation Specialist Cody Beers says heavy rain caused the mudslide and crews have been working to clear the debris.

“We basically had flash floods.  We have mudslides in at least 30 locations where the mud either flowed across the highway and in some cases 6 to 8 feet deep, or we had mud coming across the railroad tracks on the other side of the river.  It completely changed the complexion of the Wind River Canyon in one weekend,” said Beers.

Beers said it’s unclear when the closure will end, and that a contractor may have to be hired to help clear the roadway.