Rains shut down Clifton roadways

Chase Creek Street in Clifton is rendered impassable after heavy raqins Saturday and Sunday sweep mud and rocks into the roadway. - Contributed Photo/Monica Watson

CLIFTON — Greenlee County got hit with heavy rain over the weekend, with Clifton taking the brunt of the damage.

Weather Underground reports the Clifton area saw a half-inch of rain Saturday and Sunday and storms washed mud and large rocks downhill and into roadways, making the roads impassable for much of Sunday, including Ward Canyon and portions of U.S. Highway 191.

In addition to rain, the Morenci area saw hail Sunday.

A Morenci resident opens the door to see the walkway covered with hail from weekend storms. – Contributed Photo

Clifton and Greenlee County crews continued to clear roadways Monday; however, a flash flood watch remains in effect for the Clifton area through 5 p.m. Tuesday, with heavy rains expected overnight.