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Flood advisory issued for Chaves County

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A flood advisory has been issued for central Chaves County for Wednesday until at least 5 p.m.

The National Weather Service in Albuquerque indicated that radar and automated rain gauges indicated heavy thunderstorms that had dropped 0.5 inches to 1.25 inches in the county and could cause “urban and small stream flooding.”

Areas identified as possibly experiencing difficulties include eastern Roswell, Dexter, Hagerman, Bottomless Lakes State Park, Bitter Lake Wildlife Refuge, Lake Arthur, Greenfield and Midway.

More rain of up to 1.5 inches could fall on Wednesday, which also could lead to “minor flooding,” the Weather Service stated.

Residents are cautioned to turn around and avoid flooded roads or water-covered bridges, road dips or road crossings.

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Lisa Dunlap is a general assignment reporter for the Roswell Daily Record.