SANTA FE (KRQE) - Major flash flooding in Santa Fe claimed the life of a 51-year old woman.
Santa Fe Police say Tina Vigil's body was found floating in an arroyo just off of Siringo Road a little bit west of Santa Fe High School. A neighbor spotted the body and called police at around 6 pm Monday evening.
Rescue crews were able to recover Vigil's body from the river and were able to notify her family a few hours later.
Santa Fe's emergency manager Andrew Phelps tells News 13 a storm turned a dry arroyo into a raging river very quickly.
"The arroyo was about 8 or 10 feet above the bottom of the arroyo and by the time we got here it receded to about half that," Phelps said. "So the water comes and goes pretty quickly and that's why it's so dangerous."
Santa Fe Police tell us Vigil lived in a neighborhood about a mile and a half north of where she was found. It's unclear why Vigil was in the arroyo in the first place or where she was when the wall of water came crashing through.
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