Rain is causing mudslides and road closures across parts of New Mexico. The hardest hit area is Belen, where the rain was too much for a levee there.
The levee was breached Thursday evening, sending water gushing straight into homes.
“I thought it was rain, looked out of the window, wasn’t rain. So I got up to look and at that time I noticed water was rushing through my back door,” said Larry Marquez of Belen.
Thursday night, homes around Mesa Road in Belen are flooded. The Valencia County Fire Chief says there was a break in the highline canal, sending water towards the low-lying areas of the village.
Larry Marquez says more than a foot and a half of water pushed into his backyard and into his den.
“It sounds like a hurricane was going down the road, and all it was was water barreling down the road,” he said.
The Red Cross has opened a shelter at H.T. Jaramillo Elementary School in Belen. Those affected by the flooding are encouraged to call 505-966-2748 for additional information.
In Rio Rancho, firefighters had to rescue a driver after they say he didn’t realize the water was that deep.
More than two inches of rain flooded Paseo del Volcan, under Enchanted Hills Boulevard.
Fire crews had that area blocked off as the water receded.
Heavy rain also fell in parts of northern New Mexico, including Santa Fe and Las Vegas.