ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A serious downpour hit the Albuquerque metro area for more than an hour Monday night, flooding several areas across the city including the South Valley, leading county officials to set up an evacuation center at the South Valley Multi-Purpose Senior Center on Larrazolo SW for worried residents, according to a report on KOAT-TV.
Residents told the county in several calls last night that they weren’t sure they’d be able to stay in their homes because of flooding, but the impromptu evacution center shut down around 12:30 a.m. today because no one ended up spending the night, Action 7 News reported.
Yards and roads were flooded, and several cars slid off the road, into ditches or stalled as drivers tried to go through standing water, KOAT-TV said.
The parking lots at several businesses along Rio Bravo were full of water this morning, according to Action 7 News.
KRQE News 13 reported that after flooding took place Monday night near Arenal and Coors, the roads were mostly dry this morning, but lots of sand and dirt remained on the roadways.
The heavy downpour hit much of the metro area beginning around 9:30 p.m., News 13 reported.
There’s a 20 percent chance of isolated thunderstorms after noon today, tonight and every day this week through Friday, with high temperatures in the upper 90s, according to the National Weather Service forecast for the Albuquerque metro area. Today’s high could hit 99, the weather service said.