City prepares for possible flooding in the Rio Grande
Posted at: 09/13/2013 4:00 PM
| Updated at: 09/13/2013 6:05 PM
By: Steve Mieczkowski, KOB.com
An influx of water is expected to raise the levels of the Rio Grande river throughout Albuquerque, prompting the city to take precautionary measures.
At a press conference Friday afternoon, mayor Richard Berry annouced that all bosque trails will be closed and monitored while the flood warning is in effect.
Additionally, the police department will be flying Air One to monitor the Rio Grande and levy water levels.
Community centers are on standby if evacuation is needed, as is the Red Cross, and the Albuquerque Fire Department's Swift Water Rescue Team has been activated.
The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for the Rio Grande river, affecting Bernalillo and Valencia counties.
As of 2:15 Friday afternoon the river was at five feet. The current forecast calls for the river to approach flood levels, which is eight feet, sometime between Friday evening and Saturday morning.
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