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Heavy rains drench region


Last updated 6/29/2021 at 2:34pm

Kevin Wilson

A steady dose of rain dealt delays on work at the intersection of Seventh and Thornton on Monday.

Heavy rains across the region aren't expected to end anytime soon. The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch through Monday night for Curry, Roosevelt and De Baca counties, and rainfall was still consistent in the area Tuesday morning.

"(Additional) rainfall amounts of 1 to 2 inches combined with slow and erratic storm motions will enhance the risk of localized flash flooding," NWS warned on its website.

Local law enforcement did not report any weather-related incidents of note to The News on Tuesday morning, but weather-related power outages occurred over the weekend in Roosevelt County and much of the region recorded rainfall totals of well over an inch.

The Collaborative Community Rain, Hail and Snow Network (CoCoRaHS) had numerous reports throughout Curry and Roosevelt counties, with Milnesand the highest observed area on Tuesday morning at 2.25 inches over the previous 24 hours.

Other CoCoRaHS local reports included 0.98 inches in Elida, 1.15 inches in Texico and three reports in Clovis between 1.34 and 1.5 inches for Monday night-Tuesday morning.

Multiple locations around Clovis reported more than 1 inch of moisture on Monday. Parts of Roosevelt County reported more than 2 inches. Some near Causey reported up to 4 inches of rain on Saturday night when power outages were also reported in Dora, Causey and Milnesand due to the storms. Most of the power had been restored as of Monday morning.

New Mexico State University's Agricultural Science Center north of Clovis has recorded 3.4 inches of rain so far in June, including 2.4 inches from Saturday through Tuesday morning, The ag center recorded 1.68 inches of moisture from January through May.

Parmer and Bailey counties in Texas were also under hazardous weather advisories with "thunderstorms and heavy rainfall" possible throughout the week, NWS reported.

The moisture has brought much cooler temperatures with highs expected in the mid-70s and low-80s the rest of this week. Rainfall chances are more than 30 percent each day this week, NWS is reporting.


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