Mudslides hit Morenci/Clifton 

Photo By Susan Breen: A severe thunderstorm in the Morenci/Clifton area caused multiple mud/rock slides like this one.

By Jon Johnson

MORENCI/CLIFTON – A severe thunderstorm struck the Morenci/Clifton area early Sunday evening and caused mudslides above the horseshoe bend of U.S. 191 North and near the Clifton Train Station.

Photo By Susan Breen: The area by the Train Station was flooded.

Rain began falling around 4:30 p.m. and ended up hitting the area very hard. 

“It’s been at least 20 years since there has been such a heavy storm,” Gila Herald reporter Walt Mares advised from the scene.  

Photo By Susan Breen: The highway through Clifton was closed for a period of time.

Rocks were reported in the roadway on U.S. 191 and as of 6:40 p.m., there was a “mile-long” backup for southbound travel on U.S. 191 heading out of Morenci. 

Additionally, Bashas’ closed due to water leaks in the store. The Conoco in Morenci, Family Dollar in Clifton, and Circle K in Clifton were also all closed. 

Debris has been reported on the road at mileposts 166.5 and 163.8 and only one lane of traffic is being allowed through Clifton on U.S. Highway 191 as of 6:40 p.m. 

The area above the train station has collapsed before, but the last time was in 1985.