Update: 5:15 a.m., July 6 The U.S. Highway 64 is open, according to NMroads.com. Crews have cleared debris from mud slide. Drivers should use caution as more flashfloods are predicted for the area.
New Mexico State Police and the state Department of Transporation closed U.S. Highway 64 Thursday evening (July 5), eastbound and westbound, from mile marker 287 to mile marker 309 Cimarron. The highway was closed due to mud slide.
"DOT is working to clear the roadway. There is currently no estimate to how long the closure will last," according to a statement from the state. Officials are asking travelers to avoid the highway and find an alternate route until the road is reopened.
State Road 38 near Red River at mile marker 10 was also closed at about 4:30 p.m. Thursday due to a mud slide that washed boulders and debris onto the road. A highway crew was working to clear the road. The road was reopened about 8 p.m., according to the Town of Red River, but officials urged drivers to use caution in the area.
The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for Northern New Mexico for Thursday through Saturday as monsoons roll into the region. Drivers are urged to check nmroads.com before traveling to make sure roads are open.
This is a developing story and will be updated pending official announcements.