ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Damaging rains have been reported in northwestern and central New Mexico with watches and warnings covering much of the rest to the state.
An advisory issued by the National Weather Service warns of possible urban and small-stream flooding in Bernalillo and Sandoval counties until about 6 p.m.
San Juan County officials are asking people to stay off the roads due to heavy flooding in the area. Street flooding has been reported in Farmington. San Juan College also closed its campuses at 4 p.m. and canceled evening classes although a spokesperson say classes were expected to resume regular schedules on Wednesday.
According to the weather service San Juan County will see a break from the rain in midafternoon with severe storms expected to follow after that.
Residents are being asked to stay indoors and not travel through the county at this time.
Officials are also asking people to not call 911 about flooding so lines will remain available for emergencies.
In Socorro County 4 inches of rain had fallen near and along Interstate 25 from Bernardo on the north to Bosque del Apache on the Rio Grande south of Socorro. Several roads near San Acacia, Lemitar, Socorro and Luis Lopez have been washed out with additional rain expected.
At 4:30 p.m. the rains were moving north from Socorro into Valencia and western Torrance counties.
A flash flood warning is in effect for parts of McKinley, Rio Arriba and Sandoval counties including U.S. Highway 550 between Cuba and Counselors. The weather service reported 1.5 inches of rain fell between about 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. on top of the earlier rain.
The weather service also has issued a flood warning for the Gila River around Virden where heavy rains have the river running about 6 feet deep with heavy rain still falling in the upstream river basin. Upstream gauges indicate the Gila will reach flood stage of 15.8 feet early Wednesday morning and drop below flood stage by early afternoon.
Virden is near the Arizona border about 50 miles west of Silver City.
State Road 174 on Whitewater Creek near Glenwood was closed by flooding and still-rising water, according to the state Department of Transportation. The area is below the burn scar from the 2012 Whitewater Baldy Fire, the largest in New Mexico history.
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