Significant flooding sweeps through parts of New Mexico

Significant flooding sweeps through parts of New Mexico

Significant flooding swept through parts of New Mexico on Sunday, May 30, 2021, leading to damage and disruptions. Police reported at least one person died after her vehicle got caught in floodwaters in Hondo.

Significant flooding hit parts of the state after Sunday night's storms. Images and videos of the event show water dragging debris through streets.

"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," resident Danielle Thompson told local media. Floodwaters washed away their stairs to the house and damaged the foundation.

"We just thank God that the house didn’t really take off and float with this storm," her husband Blake Thompson added.

Other homes and businesses in the southeast region have started dealing with the aftermath of the storms. Asian Market and Taqueria Hagerman, two of the affected businesses, had to close because of the flooding.

Some volunteer groups said they hope sandbags can prevent floodwaters from getting inside their establishments.

The National Weather Service placed a severe thunderstorm watch for Socorro, Ruidoso, Roswell, Artesia, Carlsbad, and Hobbs through Monday, May 31. 

The State Police confirmed at least one fatality identified as 47-year-old Heather Garrett of San Patricio. The woman was riding her vehicle when it got swept away by floodwaters in Lincoln County. Rescue crews found her body downstream of Alamo Canyon Road.

Featured image credit: KOAT/YouTube

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