SILVER CITY, N.M. (KRQE) - Heavy rains pounding Grant and Catron counties have led to evacuations in two communities near Silver City.
Residents of as many as eight homes in Santa Clara and Arenas Valley have left their homes as a precaution as water rises in two creeks, Grant County Sheriff Raul Villanueva told KRQE News 13 Friday evening.
Water is running 6-8 feet deep and is close to the home, he added.
A gas leak caused by the runoff has disrupted service in Santa Clara as well. Villanueva said repairs are underway.
Santa Clara Police Chief Lonnie Sandoval later told KRQE News 13 rushing water had carried a mobile home off its foundation and wedged it against three cottonwood trees. Five vehicles also were damaged, he said.
The flash-flood warning there expired at 6:45 p.m. with the runoff beginning to recede. However motorists were caution to be alert for debris on roadways and in low-water crossings.
Meanwhile a flash-flood warning is in effect until 8 p.m. for areas in southwestern Catron County still reeling from recent flooding.
At about 6 p.m. National Weather Service radar showed showed heavy rain from a slow moving storm about seven miles southeast of Mogollon, a historic mining town ravaged by high water from Silver Creek flowing down State Road 159, its main street, last weekend.
An Arizona man staying at a Mogollon inn remains missing after his truck was found washed off NM 159 on Wednesday. The battered highway remains closed with four-wheel-drive access open only to emergency personnel and local residents.
The storm is hitting parts of the Whitewater Baldy Fire scar which stripped vegetation last year in the Mogollon Mountains between Silver City and Reserve.
The areas now facing possible flooding include Mogollon and NM 159, Glenwood and the U.S. Highway 180 bridge over Whitewater Creek, Pleasanton and the U.S. 180 bridge over Holt Gulch, Alma and the U.S. 180 bridge over Mineral Creek, the state fish hatchery and the Catwalk recreation area.
Water was reported to be running high through Glenwood with runoff and debris spilling from roadside ditches onto U.S. 180.
The flash-flood warning expired at 8 p.m. although the weather service said some minor flooding was expected to continue.
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