Local Flood Warning and Road Closures
Weather Alert! Sever Rain and Flooding
The emergency shelter set up last night for those displaced by the Berrendo Creek flooding and area rainfall will remain open at the gym at Eastern New Mexico State University-Roswell today.
Officials expect to take in residents affected by flooding in Eddy County, according to Emergency Manager Karen Sanders. American Red Cross volunteers will staff the shelter.
Emergency responders evacuated homes on River Road this morning after the Pecos River’s banks were breached. The river is expected to continue to rise another foot in the next few hours. Homes in the area are already surrounded by two feet of water.
One resident was refusing to leave, as he did not want to leave his horses behind, according to East Plains Fire officials.
Motorists cautioned to beware of closures.
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.
The county closed East Berrendo Road when the creek washed it out after 11 a.m. Country Club was closed behind Bright 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,.
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.
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Below Photos by Mark Wilson, Roswell Daily Record