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Several northern New Mexico communities in the Calf Canyon/Hermits Peak burn scar experienced flash floods Friday afternoon.
Heavy rain and runoff prompted San Miguel and Mora counties to recommend evacuations of Canoncito, Manuelitas, Sapello, Rociada, Lower Rociada and Las Dispensas.
The warning advised residents in the flood zone to seek higher ground away from floodwaters and possible debris flows.
The National Weather Service office in Albuquerque reported widespread flooding, water and debris flow along N.M. 105 west of the 94 junction south of Mora.
N.M. 65 closed near El Porvenir on Friday afternoon, and N.M. 105 and 276 closed near Lower Rociada.
Drainages are “well out of their banks,” the NWS reported, and at least one barn flooded.
Creeks in Manuelitas and Canoncito have flooded roads.
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said in a Twitter post that New Mexico State Police and Transportation Department officials are assisting residents in the flood area.
The state has flood evacuation shelters in Taos, Las Vegas and Santa Fe.