Flood risk persists Friday in New Mexico

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The risk of flooding will persist Friday in parts of New Mexico, as showers and storms are continuing their reign over the state.

Recently, flooding occurred near State Road 434, south of Guadalupita. Drainages below Silva Canyon, specifically on the Hermit’s Peak-Calf Canyon burn scar, also experienced overflow. That led to nearby driveways and properties flooding.

The excessive water flow also caused drainages to exceed their banks, resulting in potential property damage and hazards in the affected areas.

That area is now primed for flash flooding because of heavy rain Wednesday.

In comparison, Thursday’s rain was much lighter but still created flash flooding. Anything along and north of the Sapello River will be sensitive to flash flooding moving forward.

During the noon hour Friday, storms popped up near some of the burn scar areas in the Gila Wilderness and in northern New Mexico.

Flood watches are in effect across the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and the Jemez Mountains. A flood watch is also in effect in the McBride Fire burn scar area, near Ruidoso.

The city of Española also faced a flood advisory but rain totals tapering off may minimize flood risks.

This will be the most active day of the next week or so. A warm-up is coming soon, Meteorologist Brandon Richards promises.