National Weather Service Issues Flash Flood Warning


UPDATE 9:33 p.m.

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning until 11 p.m. for Los Alamos. Avoid flood areas.

The National Weather Service in Albuquerque has extended the Flash Flood Warning for:

  • Northwestern Los Alamos County in north central New Mexico
  • Extreme southeastern Rio Arriba County in north central New Mexico
  • Northeastern Sandoval County in north central New Mexico
  • Northwestern Santa Fe County in north central New Mexico

At 8:56  p.m. emergency management officials reported an eight foot surge of water at the Junction of Indian routes 601 and 602.

Officials are tracking this runoff within Santa Clara Canyon and expect it to reach Santa Clara Pueblo between 9:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.

So far … the runoff is staying within the banks of the canyon. As a precaution … the public is advised to stay clear of areas near N.M. 30 and Kee Street.

The storms that produced the heavy rainfall has ended. However … between one half and one inch of rain fell at the headwaters of the canyon early this evening.

No additional rainfall is expected tonight.

Precautionary/preparedness actions:

  • Runoff from rainfall will cause elevated water levels within vulnerable drainages in and downstream of the Las Conchas Fire burn area.
  • Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize the dangers of flash floods.
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