Floods in Ca­tron County

Catron Courier - - Front Page - Vol. III, No. 10 • Oc­to­ber 2013

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.

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