Significant flooding reported in parts of New Mexico

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NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – People are dealing with flooding and damage from Sunday night’s storms and there’s more to come. A viewer sent KRQE News 13 flood video from Dexter, New Mexico. The video shows high waters dragging debris through the street.

Another viewer sent video of severe flooding near Ruidoso. KRQE’s weather team says near Ruidoso they received anywhere from 3-5 inches of rain.

“I started packing up the most important papers and just some things we can put into backpacks in case we had to get out of here,” said Danielle Thompson, a Dexter homeowner. The flooding washed away their stairs to the house, damaged the foundation and soaked their carpet. “We just thank god that the house didn’t really take off and float with this storm,” said Thompson’s husband, Blake.

Other homes and businesses in southeast New Mexico are dealing with the aftermath of the severe storms from the past 24 hours. Businesses like the Asian Market and Taqueria Hagerman in Roswell had to close because of the flooding. Volunteer groups are hoping sandbags can prevent at least some water from getting inside.

According to the National Weather Service, there is a severe thunderstorm watch in place until 7 p.m. for Socorro, Ruidoso, Roswell, Artesia, Carlsbad, and Hobbs. The National Weather Service reports heavy rain and flooding will be the largest threat. They also say large hail and damaging winds might also be possible.

This severe weather was also fatal. State Police confirmed 47-year-old Heather Garrett of San Patricio died after her car was swept away by floodwaters in Lincoln County on Sunday. Rescue crews found her Monday about six miles downstream of Alamo Canyon Road, where her car was caught in the flood.

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