Monsoon rains move south, flooding streets and filling rivers

Posted at: 09/12/2013 7:58 AM
Updated at: 09/12/2013 12:08 PM
By: Elizabeth Reed,

Storms that flooded Farmington streets on Monday made their way to southern New Mexico on Wednesday, washing out roads and filling rivers to levels not seen in decades.

The Berrendo River is normally dry, but KOB Eyewitness News 4 viewers in Roswell sent in pictures of the river threatening to flood after yesterday's storms.

In Puerto de Luna, rain filled the Pecos River to 15 feet—the second highest level on record dating back to the 1930s.

Just south of Las Cruces, residents of Vado were sent to a nearby community center as the streets became impassable by fast-moving floods.

Meanwhile in Farmington, crews spent the day dealing with damage and debris caused by the downpour earlier in the week. That included a sinkhole

When the storm hit, police responded to 70 calls within three hours. According to authorities, 95 percent of those call were weather-related.