TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES, N.M. (KRQE) - The vicious floods sweeping New Mexico since Tuesday claimed their first victim as New Mexico State Police officers found a body in a car washed down Ash Canyon in Sierra County.
Initial information indicates the car was swept off State Road 51 in a narrow canyon during Friday's flooding, State Police Sgt. Emmanuel Gutierrez said. The call about a mud-covered car in a ravine came in to State Police about noon on Saturday, he said.
Investigating officers reported the body of a man was recovered from a Toyota sedan registered in California. A search of the area did not find additional victims.
The identity of the man has not yet been confirmed.
The car was about 0.75 miles off the pavement and partially buried in silt and rocks.
The road cuts through desert mountains just east of Elephant Butte Lake on the route linking Truth or Consequences with the New Mexico spaceport.
This is the first known death from the drenching storms that began Tuesday spawning flooding and evacuations around the state.
Sierra County was one of several areas especially hard hit by flooding from drenching rains that began on Tuesday. The county received more than 5 inches of rain in four days.
Floods spread through two small communities south of T or C on Thursday with at least one resident needing rescue.
The National Guard is on standby in the area, and Gov. Susana Martinez visited T or C Saturday to meet with local officials as part of a statewide tour of flood damage.
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