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Flood advisory issued for parts of Chaves County


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An arroyo and small stream flood advisory has been issued for central Chaves County by the National Weather Service in Albuquerque.

The advisory states that at 2:16 p.m. doppler radar showed slow-moving thunderstorms bringing heavy rain to areas near Dexter and Hagerman. The advisory will remain in place until 5:15 p.m.

Such storms will cause arroyos and small streams to flood in Dexter, Hagerman, Lake Arthur, Greenfield and Bottomless Lakes State Park, the advisory states.

Between three quarters and an inch and a half of rain had already accumulated, the advisory states.

Drainages and streams that could be impacted by the rain include the Felix River, Rio, Long Arroyo, Thirteen Mile Draw, Walnut Creek and Pecos River.

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As a result of the rain, culverts and river banks could become unsafe, the advisory states.

The advisory was issued after a significant weather advisory was issued for areas that are now at risk of flooding after a strong thunderstorm was spotted in Dexter, 15 miles southeast of Roswell, and moving at 20 mph at 1:54 p.m. That weather advisory remained in effect until 2:30 p.m.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at breakingnews@rdrnews.com.

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