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UPDATE: Wind River Canyon reopened this morning; Rock Falls being monitored

(Thermopolis, Wyo.) - The Wind River Canyon has been reopened this morning after several rock falls closed the route last night. WYDOT personnel are in the canyon assessing and monitoring the situation. The highway was cleared of rocks late Tuesday, and the danger seemed to ebb when rainfall changed to snow, according to WYDOT. "A few more big rocks dropped in the canyon during the night, but rock fall slowed after the moisture changed to snow," District 5 Engineer Shelby Carlson said. "We will have the canyon manned continually in case rock fall activity increases throughout the day." WYDOT geologists will assess rock fall conditions inside Wind River Canyon later today. This week's heavy rains and snow are causing the unstable slope conditions inside Wind River Canyon. Most of the current rock fall is about 8-10 miles south of Thermopolis in an area called Big Windy. Big Windy is the area where WYDOT placed a web camera several years ago that's visible at www.wyoroad.info. #springcity #news #county10