Heavy rain, lightning cause major damage, flooding across Albuquerque


Lightning, thunder and a lot of rain hit the Albuquerque metro area Thursday. 

That storm hit around 7:30 p.m. causing flash flooding, power outages and dangerous lightning strikes all across the metro. 

Downtown, the deluge overfilled a storm water retention pond at Lomas and Broadway boulevards, sending extra water on to Lomas.  Albuquerque Police closed some traffic lanes in the area as the water lapped over sidewalks. 

At First Street and Central Avenue, Albuquerque Fire and crews with the Department of Municipal Development closed the Central Avenue railroad underpass. The same area flooded in 2014 and some drivers weren’t so lucky, stalling their cars in the high water, forcing rescue crews to act. 

Thursday night, it appeared no drivers got stuck in the water in the underpass. 

The surge caused water levels to spike in arroyos. The Albuquerque Metropolitan Arroyo Flood Control reported the North Diversion Channel running at 10 feet worth of storm water. 

Albuquerque Fire Rescue says crews did not respond to any arroyo rescues as a result of the storm. As of Thursday night, the agency had no reports of any serious injuries or casualties due to flooding. 

AFR did respond to a fire caused by a lightning strike at a home along Toltec Road, near Morris and Comanche in the northeast part of town. Firefighters say a lightning sparked the home’s roof and a nearby tree on fire.

Crews were able to contain the fire quickly and no one was injured. AFR says the homeowner was displaced Thursday night, but will be staying with family.

PNM reported outages effecting nearly 4,000 homes across Albuquerque Thursday night. The utility was continuing to work on restoring electricity some affected areas as of 11 p.m., while posting updates on the status of the outages on its Twitter page.

Photo Gallery: Lightning Across Albuquerque Thursday Night 

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