NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – Evacuations in Eddy County are complete and families in several neighborhoods are sheltering at Joe Stanley School after the county prompted evacuations Tuesday afternoon. Water in the Dark Canyon is slowing down and the county says flooding in smaller neighborhoods has peeked. Water from the Avalon Dam was overflowing slightly.
“We’re just asking residents to stay home if they can. If they do need to get out and about to stay off of any flooded road,” said Eddy County Spokesperson, Jeri Strong.
About 30 people in the Standpipe area and another neighborhood near the Bataan Recreation area have been evacuated and told to go to the Joe Stanley Elementary School located at 505 Alta Vista Street. Food and water have been provided at the evacuation site.
There are northern parts of the county that are still closed and people are told to obey road signs. Right now, the San Jose Bridge and surrounding roads are closed. More closures are possible if water starts rising. Officials ask drivers to stay away from running water and avoid flooded areas. That area has gotten between four to five inches of rain in the last 48 hours.
Eddy County crews were also in contact with Carlsbad Caverns to assist with evacuations there because right now, only high clearance vehicles can get out. However, water in that area was receding and high clearance vehicles were moving out.
Canal Street Bridge is not closed right now but the City of Carlsbad officials are monitoring it. Crews are out and will be keeping a close eye on bridges and rivers Tuesday night.
“It does not take a lot of water to push your car off and create an emergency situation and a real dangerous situation for you and your family, really turn around, don’t drown,” said Jason Burns with Eddy County Public Works.
The neighborhood near the Bataan Recreation has experienced flooding issues before about seven years ago. Water made its way up to people’s front doors and they had to evacuate. Eddy County says United Way is helping people who ad to evacuate on Tuesday and they might reach out to the Red Cross for extra help.
The National Weather Service has extended a Flood Warning through Wednesday night for Dark Canyon Draw at Dark Canyon Carlsbad affecting Eddy County and for the Pecos River including Dark Canyon, Dark Canyon Carlsbad. Minor flooding is expected.
The following road closures are in place in and around Eddy County:
- Black River Crossing on John D. Forehand
- Black River
- Higby Hole
- Longhorn Road at the Pecos River Crossing
- Dark Canyon from 62/180 to 137
- Washington Ranch Road by Joel Fire Station
- Fanning Road
- Joy Road from Highway 82 to Funk Road
- Crossbuck Road between Rock Daisy Road
- Rocking R. Red Road
- Bolton Road from Highway 82 to Richey Road
- Lower Tansill and James
- San Jose at La Tienda
- Boyd Drive at Radio Blvd.
- Halderman Road between Richey and US 82
- Eagle Draw at 10th between JJ Clark and Mahone
- Standpipe / Hidalgo
- 3900 block of Standpipe
- Jones Street
- Callaway and Westridge
- Socorro and Standpipe
- Fisherman’s Lane
- Lakewood Road