Airlift to supply NM town isolated by flooding

September 16, 2013 • State News

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez has approved an emergency airlift of food, water and other supplies to a tiny community in s[auth] outhwestern New Mexico that was cut off after flooding washed out the only paved road leading to it.

Martinez spokesman Enrique Knell said Monday that supplies will be flown into the former mining town of Mogollon (Moh-guh-YOHN) on Tuesday.

The community became isolated after weekend flooding damaged state Route 159. Roughly 16 residents permanently live in the town nestled in the mountains in Catron County. A creek paralleling the road surged from its banks after heavy rains.

Authorities plan to use a bulldozer to scrap out a makeshift road, which could be used by four-wheel drive vehicles, but it’s uncertain when the work will be completed.

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