LAS VEGAS, N.M. (KRQE) - Storm runoff racing through Las Vegas has forced the evacuation of homes and closed bridges in the city.
A massive amount of rain has fallen in that area and the mountains above the city as the relentless storms that have pounded New Mexico since Tuesday continue.
So far at least 50 homes have been evacuated because of flooding.
Four major bridges in town are closed because of the rushing waters on the Gallinas River.
One report says the flooding is because of a canal wall break at Storey Lake while the Las Vegas optic reports city workers couldn't open a gate that would have diverted water to the lake.
It could take as many as four days to fix.
"We are advising people if you're home and you're safe, stay there," San Miguel County Commission Nicolas Leger said. "If you need assistance like medical assistance, well, then let the first responders know."
New Mexico 65 and 283 west of Las Vegas and 419 east of Las Vegas are closed.
The situation is expected to get even worse as Friday night goes on, so extra resources have been called in to help.
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