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Floods closed roads and streets in Carlsbad and Eddy County Monday and Tuesday, according to officials.
City of Carlsbad Spokesperson Kyle Marksteiner said Radio Boulevard, Lower Tansill Dam and San Jose Boulevard were closed Monday night. Around 8:15 a.m. Tuesday, closures were lifted.
Closures were placed around 11 a.m. for Radio Boulevard and Boyd Road, Hidalgo Road and Dark Canyon low water crossings along San Jose Boulevard, Hidalgo Road and Radio Boulevard, he said
Marksteiner said Lake Carlsbad Beach and Carlsbad Water Park were closed Tuesday due to ongoing weather concerns.
Eddy County Spokesperson Jeri Strong said floods prompted road closures in multiple parts of the County.
Washington Ranch Road near the Joel Volunteer Fire Department, Joy Road from U.S. Highway 82 to Funk Road, Crossbuck Road between Rock Daisy Road and Rockin’ R Road and Dark Canyon Road from U.S. Highway 62/180 and N.M. Road 137 were closed Tuesday morning, Strong said.
She said Longhorn Road at the Pecos River Crossing was closed. But was reopened midmorning Tuesday.
New Mexico Department of Transportation (DOT) indicated N.M. Road 2 north of Artesia was closed from Lake Arthur to Hagerman due to heavy rains and floods.
National Weather Service (NWS) in Midland, Texas posted a flash flood watch for Eddy County until 6 p.m. Tuesday and forecasted an 80% chance of showers and thunderstorms through Tuesday night.
NWS issued a flood warning for the Pecos River through early Wednesday afternoon for the Pecos River below Dark Canyon.
“The river is expected to rise above flood stage late this (Tuesday) afternoon to a crest of 15.4 feet this evening. It will then fall below flood stage just after midnight tonight,” read an NWS statement.
NWS radar indicated 4 to 5 inches fell in a 24 hour period in the Dark Canyon Watershed.
“This is leading to rapid flash flooding in Dark Canyon Draw,” the statement read.
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