Floods in Catron County
Catron County sustained flood damage to many roads and areas. Wild Horse had roads washed out, eighteen people were stranded in the town of Mogollon, New Mexico declared a statewide disaster, the Catwalk is again closed, and one person died.
Howard Bassett an 83year-old man from Arizona went missing in the flood. His truck was found in a nearby creek, covered in silt and gravel. His body was later recovered.
Mogollon sustained heavy damage to buildings, including the theater, which lost the front porch, and The Purple Onion Café.
County officials are cleaning up and re-establishing services in and around the communities of Glenwood (Whitewater Creek), Mogollon ( Silver Creek) and Alma (Mineral Creek). Most of the county received over 8 inches of rain in 7 days; the area around Glenwood was the most affected by waters that breached levees, flooded homes and businesses, and destroyed a portion of NM 159. A 4-wheel drive track has been completed where NM Hwy 159 used to be, from Deadwood Canyon to Mogollon for emergency vehicles and residents. It may be several months before NM 159 is open for public travel. All other major roads in the Glenwood area are open.
In other areas of the Gila National Forest, floods damaged trails and forest roads. The Reserve, Glenwood, and Wilderness Ranger Districts have all been impacted. Visitors and hunters are reminded that some forest roads may not be usable. Visitors should check with local Ranger District offices for road information.
For information on road conditions, visit nmroads.com.