KRQE - Sheets of rain pounded the metro area overnight causing more flash flooding, unsafe driving conditions and left many without power.
There continues to be a flash flood watch in effect through this evening in most parts of the state.
Streets turned into rivers for about an hour before midnight Saturday dumping about an inch of rain on most of the city; photographers captured the down pour and the havoc on video.
Visibility was low on I-40 between the Big I and Tramway as drivers pulled over to wait out the storm; there were no reports of accidents during this time.
Hours after the hardest of the rain fell, the arroyos were still gushing and the Rio Grande keeps running at levels we haven't seen for years and crews have been out since midnight lining up sandbags in Bernalillo.
PNM customers in Albuquerque and Santa Fe were without power for a couple of hours which has since been restored.
Due to the rain, New Mexico Railrunner Express officials say trains won't be moving Sunday. Rain submerged a bridge underwater making it dangerous, they said. The trains are expected to be up and running Monday morning.
As for road closures, as of Sunday morning, N.M. 313 northbound and southbound in Albuquerque was closed near Tramway due to flooding.
Stay with krqe.com for the latest weather and news updates throughout the day.
Flash flood warnings are in effect as a line of heavy rain works its way through metro Albuquerque and northeast into the Jemez Mountains.
Flash flood warnings in effect:
Until 1:45 a.m. for central Bernaillo and south-central Sandoval counties
Until 2 a.m. for northwestern Santa Fe, east-central Sandoval and southern Los Alamos counties.
Until 3:15 p.m. for parts of Hidalgo, Grant and Catron counties.
- Until 5:45 a.m. for parts of Rio Arriba, Santa Fe, Mora and San Miguel counties.
PNM is reporting power outages, KRQE News 13 has a crew in the field checking reports of flooding and storm-related damage.
KRQE News 13 meteorologist Chris Gilson received one report of serious street flooding at Academy NE and Tramway as the Northeast Heights took the early brunt of the storm.
Before midnight, KRQE.com weather radar showed storms dropping possibly an inch of rain on from northeast Albuquerque west across an up the valley hitting Rio Rancho and Bernalillo.
Carnuel along Interstate 40 in Tijeras Canyon also was taking a hit.
There were no immediate reports of flooding and road closures although both were likely occurring. Interstate 25 also was taking a pounding from abundant rain and lightning moving north up the valley.
About the same time the National Weather Service reported a storm producing flash flooding in the Jemez about seven miles east of Cochiti Lake spreading across Bandelier National Monument, White Rock and Frijoles Canyon, all areas that drain into the Rio Grande.
At about 2:40 a.m. the weather service was tracking a strong storm over the west face of the Sangre de Cristos roughly 10 miles north of Santa Fe and 13 miles southeast of Chimayo.
The National Weather Service reported the Gila River in southwestern New Mexico was rapidly rising to flood stage as log jams backed up water in an area already hit by earlier storms. The locations affected include Red Rock and Virden near the Arizona border and communities north of Silver City, among them Buckhorn, Riverside, Mangas Springs, Gila, Cliff, Bill Evans Lake and the Gila Riparian Preserve.
U.S. Highway 180 also runs through the area, which is under a flash flood warning until 3:15 a.m.
KRQE News 13 also received a report that the town of Glenwood on a tributary of the San Francisco River was evacuated around 1 a.m. as flooding made two bridges impassable. Glenwood is on U.S. 180 and has been under increased flood threat since the Whitewater Baldy Fire burned in the mountains above the town in 2012.
On Saturday, the New Mexico Department of Transportation was cleaning rocks and debris on State Road 4 near White Rock and said that area, Rio Arriba, Taos, San Juan and McKinley counties also were listed as potential trouble spots overnight into Sunday.
As of 2 a.m. Sunday, there were no new road closures posted to the NMDOT website.
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