Flash Flood In Northern New Mexico

Jul 21, 2013

A flash flood in northern New Mexico sent a rush of water Saturday night into Santa Clara Canyon and filled it with nine feet of water.

Santa Clara Tribal Sheriff Regis Chavarria tells the Santa Fe New Mexican that the water was staying in the channel and that homes weren't threatened.

The storms prompted concerns from authorities about potential flooding in the areas scarred by recent wildfires.

Santa Clara Canyon was damaged by the Las Conchas Fire that burned more than 234 square miles in the Jemez Mountains in the summer of 2011.

Forecasters say the rains that have fallen over New Mexico will mostly slacken in the coming days, though rain is still expected to fall in high elevations.


Information from: The Santa Fe New Mexican,

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