Motorists cautioned to beware of closures

September 11, 2013 • Local News

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Jill McLaughlin

Record Staff Writer

Law enforcement and Chaves County Road Department crews will continue to block off several Roswell roads Wednesday night and Thursday until the region dries out from the flooding of Berrendo Creek and rainfall.

Crews were expected to continue block off several roads until the county is certain that conditions are safe for public use, said Chaves County Road Operations Director Terry Allensworth.

“Crews will be out all night and all day tomorrow,” Allensworth said.

The county closed East Berrendo Road when the creek washed it out after 11 a.m. Country Club was closed behind Bright [auth] Sky. Brown Road between Pine Lodge and Berrendo was closed. Sycamore Avenue between Berrendo and Pine Lodge was closed and Montana between Berrendo and Country Club was also closed. Crooked Creek at Berrendo was closed off of Atkinson.

Red Bridge Road was closed after water crested over the bridge. The road was closed at 19th Street.

North Montana and Crooked Creek were closed.

Roswell Police Department also closed off several streets to traffic after rainfall caused flooding hazards for drivers, said RPD Spokeswoman Sabrina Morales.

“There have been a couple of vehicles that have been stuck in the water, but every person has been OK,” Morales said. “But that’s why some roads have been closed.”

Morales cautioned drivers to watch for deep water when driving in flooded areas.

“It could be deeper than they actually realize,” Morales cautioned.

The National Weather Service will continue to look for flash flooding in Chaves County until 6 a.m. Thursday. The region on Hwy. 70 between Roswell and Ruidoso received 2-3 inches of rain Wednesday.

The Rio Hondo was above flood action stage at 5 p.m. and the Pecos River was experiencing minor flooding in some areas. Roswell and much of the county was expected to get up to an inch more rainfall overnight, said NWS Meteorologist Clay Anderson.

The water that caused the Berrendo Creek to overrun its banks Wednesday was delivered priority post from the Blackriver Draw region, north of Arabella. That region received up to six inches of rain Tuesday night. Berrendo Creek is a tributary off the east side of Capitan Mountain, according to Dick Smith, Chaves County Flood Manager.

“That’s where all this water is coming from,” Smith said.

More flooding may make its way down the Rio Felix and cause more problems in Chaves County, where that river crosses over at 12 different road sections.

“We’re waiting to see if Rio Felix makes it down,” Allensworth said. “If it does run tonight, we’ll be closing several more roads in Hagerman, Dexter and Lake Arther.”

Read tomorrow’s Roswell Daily Record for complete coverage of the Berrendo Creek flooding.



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