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State reopens I-40 to Texas

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By Special to the Monitor

The New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM) continues to monitor and assist state and local partners during the clean up process from a spring storm that closed Interstate Highways and other roads in New Mexico late Thursday and Friday.

 I-40 east bound at Moriarty was expected to open Saturday afternoon once travel is approved by Texas officials.  West bound lanes of I-40 in New Mexico are open.

The American Red Cross reports that as of 11:30 last night, 80 motorists used the shelter in Tucumcari. The last confirmed number at the Santa Rosa City shelter last night was 50.

Union County officials in far northeast New Mexico are supervising the clean up from the storm that caused snow drifts of up to six feet. County and NM Department of Transportation crews worked all night to clear roads.

The New Mexico Emergency Operations center will continue to monitor the situation along I-40 and areas throughout the state impacted by the storm that brought winter weather conditions to north central and northeast New Mexico.

For more information on road conditions call 511 or visit www.nmroads.com. For information on dealing with winter weather driving and emergency car kits go to www.whatstheplan.org