facebook-24x24

You are here: HomeNewsFront Page News ArticlesGila National Forest Impacted by Flooding and High Water Flows-PHOTO slideshow

Gila National Forest Impacted by Flooding and High Water Flows-PHOTO slideshow

Silver City, NM; September 16, 2013—Heavy rainfall in many areas of the Gila National Forest has created flooding and high water levels in most rivers, creeks, arroyos, and lakes. Forest visitors are encouraged to check with the local Ranger District office prior to venturing to forest areas as several forest roads are impassable due to washouts, debris such as fallen trees and branches along roadways, plugged culverts, and some roads being under water. A number of trails have also been impacted and are impassable.

Forest personnel are out assessing the damage today, and will begin conducting the necessary work needed to provide access in and out of forest roads. This may take some time depending on the amount of damage. Personnel are also working alongside local government including city, county, state, and federal agencies in responding to citizens and hunters who may be stranded, and in need of assistance.

Even though the National Weather Service predicts the current pattern of heavy rains to decrease by Thursday, September 19th, rainstorms will remain focused in mountain areas. Potential for flooding and flashfloods remains, as less rain is needed for these conditions to develop as the ground is already saturated. Additional rain will continue to raise current high water levels along all water carrying areas.

The Reserve, Glenwood, and Wilderness Ranger Districts have all been impacted heavily with recent rains with the remaining Districts receiving some damage to roads, trails, and property, both on forest and private land.

If forest travel can be postponed until conditions stabilize, it is much appreciated.

Individuals who have family members or friends hunting or recreating on the Forest and are checking on their safety are encouraged to contact the N.M. State Police, and provide specific information such as the name of those missing, location of their camp, description of vehicles, dates of trip, etc. This information should also be shared with the local District Ranger and local Sheriff’s Department.

Please contact the local Ranger District office for further information on forest conditions.

Photos Courtesy of Gila National Forest

Join GCB Three Times Weekly Updates

Welcome to Three Times Weekly Updates! You will be subscribed to email notifications with links to recently posted articles.
captcha 
You can unsubscribe anytime. We never share or rent your email to anyone.

Fire Alerts

Editor's Note

Things are back to normal on the Beat's website. Thank you for your patience, and thanks for being a Beat reader!

If you subscribe to the Join GCB Three Times Weekly Updates option on the left side of this page, you will be subscribed to email notifications with links to recently posted articles.

Comics are now available. As the editor, I chose my favorites first--B.C. and Wizard of Id. The Beat is seeking sponsors for these comics and for your favorites, too. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for rates. 

Check Out Classifieds.

It's really easy to check to see if there's a classified ad. Just click on Classifieds in the blue menu and the page will open letting you know if there is a classified ad. Remember that your buying classified ads gives you a wide readership, as well as supporting the Beat.

Post YOURS for quick results!

Consider the Beat your DAILY newspaper for up-to-date information about Grant County. It's at your fingertips! One Click to Local News.

Thanks for your support for and your readership of Grant County's online news source—www.grantcountybeat.com.

Go to top