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River that supplies water to some NM residents runs black with ash, debris

Ute Park Fire Ute Park Fire |  Photo: Jill Werhane

The Associated Press
August 02, 2018 12:24 PM

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Recent rains have sent ashes and debris to a northeastern New Mexico river that supplies water to about 1,000 people, making it impossible for residents to draw water from it.

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Monsoon rains swept up ashes and debris from the burn scar from a spring wildfire at Ute Park and sent it into the Cimarron River's currents.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reported Wednesday that the Cimarron River provided water for much of Colfax County including the Village of Cimarron, Springer and Raton.

Crews are working to clean up muck in the river's reservoir.

With river blackened, the reservoir is all the community has.

Donors have helped buy bottled water for the community.

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Information from: The Santa Fe New Mexican, http://www.santafenewmexican.com

(Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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