Flash flooding threat diminishes

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By The Staff

Forecasters say flash flooding is less likely in much of northern and central New Mexico but that continued rain still keeps that threat alive in some areas, particularly on the eastern plains south of Interstate 40.
The National Weather Service says scattered showers and some heavy rainfall are expected to continue through Tuesday and later into the week.
Meanwhile, the American Red Cross says it has opened a new shelter in Crownpoint in northwestern New Mexico.
That shelter at Crownpoint High School is being used by Navajo Technical University students. They’d been in a temporary shelter because of storm damage to the university campus last week.
Gov. Susana Martinez has approved an emergency airlift of food, water and other supplies to a tiny community in southwestern 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 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.

In southwestern New Mexico, the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument remained closed. Heavy rains raised the Gila River by 15 feet Sunday, prompting the closure of a road to the monument.
Some areas have received close to 10 inches of rain since last Tuesday.
There was a report that the Quemazon neighborhood of Los Alamos received 9.2 inches. More than 4 inches fell in parts of Albuquerque, marking the wettest September on record for the state’s most populous city.
So far, one person has died in the flooding. The body of a 53-year-old man was found over the weekend in southern New Mexico’s Sierra County. Authorities say Steven Elsley of Phoenix died after his car was washed into a ravine and carried away.