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Steady rains fell over Roswell Thursday morning and afternoon, causing flooded roads along Main Street and at busy intersections throughout the city.

The National Weather Service had even issued a flash flood watch for numerous areas throughout New Mexico, including Chaves County.

According to the city’s public information officer, Todd Wildermuth, the only current weather-related issue for the city as of Thursday afternoon was the closure of the east side of the intersection at Southeast Main and East Poe streets.

According to a hazardous weather outlook from the NWS issued Thursday morning, the flash flood watch remained in effect for much of central and eastern New Mexico through midnight.

“Areas in eastern New Mexico are especially at risk for flash flooding due to the heavy rainfall across portions of the area over the past two days,” the NWS said Thursday.

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The weather agency explained that flash flood watches can be a dangerous situation as they can develop into flash flooding.

“Deep Gulf moisture surging through the state will bring numerous to widespread storms into Friday morning,” the weather service said. “Recent rainfall has left soils very moist, increasing the threat for flash flooding.

“Additional rainfall of 1-2 inches is likely with locally higher amounts of up to 4 inches are possible through early today. Locations where the ground is already saturated from recent rainfall will be especially susceptible to flash flooding. ”

The NWS also said there was the threat of severe thunderstorm activity for most of the northern half of the state, excluding the far west.

“The primary threats in any severe thunderstorm will be large hail and damaging winds,” the NWS said. “Friday through Wednesday, (there will be) a few strong thunderstorms with large hail and damaging winds are possible Friday over the far eastern plains.

The NWS added that spotters are encouraged to report severe weather, flooding and rainfall amounts through the NWS Albuquerque website at weather.gov/abq or by calling (888) 386-7637.

The NWS said one can also submit storm reports and photos on their Facebook page or using the hashtag, #nmwx on Twitter.

Multimedia-Crime reporter Trevier Gonzalez can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at breakingnews@rdrnews.com.

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