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9 feet of water floods Santa Clara Canyon

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SANTA FE – A flash flood in northern New Mexico sent a rush of water Saturday night into Santa Clara Canyon and filled it with 9 feet of water.

Santa Clara Tribal Sheriff Regis Chavarria told the Santa Fe New Mexican that the water was staying in the channel and that homes weren’t threatened.

The flooding came after as much as 2.7 inches of rain fell over the canyon.

The storms prompted concerns from authorities about potential flooding in the areas scarred by recent wildfires.

Santa Clara Canyon was damaged by the Las Conchas Fire that burned more than 234 square miles in the Jemez Mountains in the summer of 2011.

Clay Anderson of the National Weather Service in Albuquerque said Sunday that the rains that have fallen over New Mexico will mostly abate in the coming days, though precipitation is still expected in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and other high elevations. Flash flood warnings remain in effect, but forecasters aren’t expecting widespread flash flooding.

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