San Antonio, New Mexico hit hard by Sunday storm

New Mexico

Two New Mexico communities are dealing with the aftermath of Sunday night’s storms. 

Sky News 13 flew over San Antonio where it looks like the whole town was flooded. Video shows farms, roads and the railroad tracks overrun by rushing water. 

The storm caused problems for Magdalena, too. It knocked out power lines, leaving the town without power since Sunday night. 

Workers have been at it all day trying to clear debris in the roadways throughout San Antonio. Most roads are open now, but county officials said all the cleanup will take days. 

Many homeowners spent Monday draining water and scooping mud from their flooded homes.

What’s more, the base of the railroad tracks was wiped out in one section, so the only route from Belen south to Las Cruces is not running. The Socorro County emergency manager anticipates BNSF to fix the tracks by Tuesday.

The water line was also busted, so people in San Antonio were still without water as of Monday night.

The county manager said officials could not have anticipated this much devastation because San Antonio itself only got about an inch of rain. 

“Most of this water is coming from the western side of the county, and so that flow of water is what overwhelmed the arroyos, overwhelmed the current water systems and completely overtook this entire area,” said Socorro County Manager Delilah Walsh. 

County officials say they will have to meet with the New Mexico Department of Transportation and other agencies to come up with a plan to prevent future floods like this. 

Between Socorro and Magdalena, the storm also knocked down a power line, so those communities and the Alama Chapter of the Navajo Nation were without power until late Monday afternoon. 

San Antonio’s two drainage ditches are currently filled with mud. Emergency management said it might take as long as two weeks before those are cleared out. 

That means the county is at risk of more flooding if another storm hits before then. 

The New Mexico Department of Transportation has advised the public of heavy traffic congestion resulting from roadway repairs on US 380 from milepost 0 to 1.2 Tuesday, July 17. The closure will be lifted around 5 p.m.

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