ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - The rains fell pretty much nonstop across most of the state overnight with serious trouble reported especially in eastern counties on Wednesday.
Flood warnings are out for the Rio Hondo, which drains a section of the Sacramento Mountains east toward Roswell, a swath of northeastern New Mexico, and for Curry, Roosevelt and Chaves counties where heavy rains are continuing.
On Tuesday the problems from the steady monsoon flow were mostly in western New Mexico from Interstate 10 on the south to the Four Corners on the north. Nearly 4 inches of rain also was reported in central New Mexico in the Socorro area.
The state Department of Transportation has closed several state roads, and additional closures of local roads are likely.
Shortly after noon Wednesday a rockslide closed U.S. Highway 82 east of Alamogordo near High Rolls in the Sacramento Mountains. The DOT estimated cleanup would take up to three hours.
Up to 3 inches of rain was reported in the area of Melrose on U.S. Highway 60 west of Clovis. The National Weather Service reported the Rio Hondo was expected to reach flood stage Wednesday afternoon at least matching the 26-foot flood stage recorded on Sept. 12, 1996.
As of noon the road closures included:
- NM 91 from mile marker 0 at Santa Rosa southeast to mile marker 9 along the Pecos River
- NM 159 east of Mogollon in the Gila National Forest
- NM 174 north east of Glenwood along Whitewater Creek beneath the Whitewater Baldy Fire scar
- NM 211 south of Gila in Grant County along the Gila River
- NM 419 from near Trementina in San Miguel County to near Mosquero in Harding County
Interstate 40 remain open in eastern New Mexico, but heavy rain has water running across the lanes in places in a 14-mile stretch northeast of Santa Rosa, according to NMDOT.
Additionally NM 304 north of La Joya in Socorro County was reported to be covered in silt from earlier flooding, and DOT maintenance patrols were spreading sand on NM 502 below Los Alamos where continuing rain has made the pavement slippery and driving difficult.
West of Los Alamos around the NM 4-NM 502 junction the state is clearing the pavement from rain-spawned erosion debris.
At Santa Rosa the Union Pacific Railroad has halted trains until its bridge over the Pecos River can be inspected to make sure it's still sound.
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