Although flooding in Colorado is winding down as heavy rains have begun subsiding, Mexico has declared a state of emergency after being battered by storms from both the Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific Ocean.
The Mexican coastal states of Colima, Jalisco, Veracruz and Guerrero are experiencing the effects of those storms, including landslides and overflowing rivers, while the northern Mexican states of Tamaulipas and Nuevo Leon are preparing for heavy rains and the possibilities of flash flooding, according to FreightWatch International. Rainfall and flooding is also expected in the State of Mexico and the surrounding areas.
The Acapulco airport and the highway, MEX95D, connecting Acapulco and Mexico City are currently closed, and further lane closures can be expected as weather deteriorates, FreightWatch reported. Furthermore, FreightWatch warned that road closures and delays create a “multitude of opportunities” for cargo thieves to target unsecured loads, and recommended continuous monitoring of local media and emergency broadcasting for information on possible road closures, as well as holding back shipments that could be affected.
Meanwhile, in Colorado, rail operations in the Denver area, including shipments between Denver and Cheyenne, continue to be affected by washouts, according to Union Pacific. The Class I railroad said rail shipments that move between Denver and Salt Lake City will be rerouted, and track between La Salle and Ft. Collins, Colo., is out of service with no estimated opening time.
“Customers should anticipate a minimum delay of 72 hours,” UP said in a written statement.
UP had earlier reported that as much as eight inches of rain had fallen in Denver and surrounding areas, and rain was projected to continue through the evening of Sept. 19.
Furthermore, the floods in Colorado have caused several road closures, including parts of Interstates 76 and 25; U.S. Highways 24, 34, 35 and 287; and State Highway 52. Road closures are affecting the Denver metro area and northern and northeast Colorado.