Monsoon rain brings flooding concerns
July 12, 2018 06:41 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The monsoon rains have finally arrived in New Mexico, but they have brought flooding hazards with them.
"People think, well it's not raining at my location, I'm not susceptible to the dangers of flash flooding but that's so untrue," said Todd Shoemake at the ABQ National Weather Service.
Shoemake has seen it happen time and time again - people needing to be rescued from arroyos they thought were safe.
"You can just see a dry arroyo turn into raging torrent in just a matter of minutes," said Shoemake.
He says avoiding getting swept away is simple, just stay out of ditches and arroyos.
But he reminds people that being in a vehicle carries risks as well.
"Most fatalities with flash floods occur with vehicles," said Shoemake.
Less than a foot of flood water can threaten vehicles that are designed for off-road.
"If those waters are moving or rushing that can actually move a car, even an SUV so don't chance it. Turn around don't drown," said Shoemake.
Updated: July 12, 2018 06:41 PM
Created: July 12, 2018 03:14 PM
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