FLASH FLOOD WATCH AFFECTS DOÑA ANA COUNTY TONIGHT

FLASH FLOOD WATCH AFFECTS DOÑA ANA COUNTY TONIGHT

The National Weather Service has issued a flash-flood watch for Doña Ana County from 6 p.m. today until 6:15 a.m. Wednesday morning.

Heavy rainfall is possible into the first half of Wednesday, and flooding is possible with the heavy rains.

The best potential for flooding through Wednesday morning will be east of the Rio Grande. The potential for large hail and strong winds of 50 m.p.h. or greater will exist as the front moves westward overnight.

A flash-flood watch means that flooding of arroyos, creeks and other drainage areas is possible within the watch area.

People in the watch area should keep an eye on the weather and be prepared for immediate action should heavy rains and flooding occur. Avoid drainage areas and arroyos when it’s raining. Motorists should never attempt to cross any flooded roads or running gulleys.

Remember: “Turn around. Don’t Drown.” Flooded roadways may be much deeper than they appear, and roadbeds may be washed out. Respect “road closed” barriers posted to keep you out of danger. This includes attempts to walk or wade through flowing water. As little as six inches of rapidly moving water can sweep an adult off his or her feet and carry the person downstream.

Stay tuned to local radio and television for periodic updates.

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Reporters seeking more information or interviews may call county Public Information Director Jess Williams at (505) 647-7229.