New Mexico Flooding 2013: Residents in Two Cities Evacuating After Flash Floods
Annette Maldonado, left, and Claudia Herrera use straw brooms to sweep out the flood waters that drenched the interior of a business in Anthony, N.M. on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013. The New Mexico National Guard and other rescue crews were evacuating dozens of campers stranded by floodwaters along the Pecos River as New Mexico was drenched Thursday by another round of record rainfall. (AP Photo/The Las Cruces Sun-News, Shari Vialpando-Hill)
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TRUTH OR CONSEQUENSES, N.M.—Residents are evacuating as heavy rain has caused rivers to overflow in two New Mexico cities and prompted a flash flood watch across much of the state.
In southern New Mexico, Truth or Consequences officials say people around the Las Animas and Palomas creeks have been told to leave their homes. It was not immediately clear how many residents were affected, but authorities are concerned because the Rio Grande has surged its banks.
In northern New Mexico, the Las Vegas Optic reports major flooding has forced the evacuation of homes, schools and businesses near the overflowing Gallinas River. And Los Alamos police say there has been canyon flooding along with sporadic residential floods.
The problems stem from the same storm system that has battered Colorado, causing at least three deaths.