ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Rain pounding the metro area on Sunday night caused some big problems for people at home and on the road with high water and power outages.
The storm hit hardest on Albuquerque's West Side around 7 p.m. PNM says in the process, about 5,000 people lost power between Unser, Coors, Vista Allegre NW and Duerksen Road.
On Coors near Paseo del Norte, hundreds of drivers had to deal with dark street lights and flashing traffic signals which caused some back ups.
The storm was so intense over there that it formed a giant pool of water on the southbound lanes of Coors near the Paseo del Norte west on-ramp. The water was actually deep enough to flood one driver's car engine.
Matthew Brown was heading south on Coors when he saw the puddle. While he's lived in Albuquerque for five years and knows what to expect during monsoon season, he wasn't expecting a puddle that deep. Brown says he also didn't want to cause any traffic problems, so he tried to go through.
A few feet in, Brown's engine stalled and he had to push his car to a dry spot. Within minutes, the water was gone, but so was the functionality of his engine.
"Oh the storm definitely caught me off guard you know I mean half and hour ago it was pretty decent, you know, couple clouds in the sunset, but nothing like this and then all of the sudden it was pouring cats and dogs, basically," said Brown.
Authorities stress to never drive though a flooded roadway even if you think it will be OK.
PNM said it hoped to restore power to the 5,000 residents on the westside by about 10:30 Sunday night. About 200 customers also lost power in Santa Fe, according to PNM. Most had power restored before 10 p.m.
A federal civil rights lawsuit filed by a Los Alamos Police Detective against his former employers has been settled for $600,000.
A few tips on how to prevent thieves from taking your stuff over Winter Break, a look at the right to die trial, and other stories with Matt Mauro, Elizabeth Mauro and weather with Meteorologist Kristen Van Dyke.
NMFOG says government agency cannot bar someone from access to information just because it does not like what that person says about the agency.
Some Cleveland High School students say a traffic plan for getting them out of school forces them to take a dangerous and tricky left turn onto a 55 mph road, something parents and staff don't have to do.
An emotional mother is still waiting for answers about what happened to her missing daughter.
The federal jury weighing a life or death sentence for convicted killer John McCluskey has announced it couldn't reach a decision.