UPDATE: The New Mexico Department of Transportation announced that U.S. 82, outside of Cloudcroft, has reopened. The roadway, the main entry point into Cloudcroft, has been closed in both directions since Saturday, necessitating travelers taken a detour that added an estimated 90 minutes to their trip.
No one was injured in the slide.
Cloudcroft, NM (KTSM) — US 82 is blocked in both directions Saturday morning from milepost 2 to milepost 8 due to a large rockslide. NMDOT District Two crews are working to remove rocks from the roadway. This closure has been extended overnight. Motorists are advised to observe all signs and to reduce speed.
The Cloudcroft Fire Department took to Facebook Saturday morning cautioning people in the area and sharing a size comparison of the rockslide. The Cloudcroft Fire Department also said for local residents to expect extended delays, adding it will not be a short or easy operation. The rockslide is currently blocking all lanes in and out of Cloudcroft.