Heavy rainfall is forecast throughout much of central and northern New Mexico through the weekend, with the possibility of flash flooding.
The National Weather Service says areas with recent wildfire burn scars and mountain slopes — and places downstream from those areas — are particularly vulnerable.
Meteorologist Kerry Jones says it's likely some areas could see 6 to 10 inches of rain through the weekend.
American Red Cross volunteers have opened a shelter in Chavez County in southeastern New Mexico to help motorists stranded by flooded roads.
A shelter in Dona Ana County is helping families evacuated due to flooding.
Officials at Carlsbad Caverns National Park have closed the main highway due to potential flooding, and two rain-caused rock slides on both sides of a tunnel on U.S. 82 east of Alamogordo closed the highway briefly Wednesday.
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