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Flood advisory for NW Grant County and W Hidalgo County

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN EL PASO HAS ISSUED A

* FLOOD ADVISORY FOR...
  NORTHWESTERN GRANT COUNTY IN SOUTHWEST NEW MEXICO...
  WESTERN HIDALGO COUNTY IN SOUTHWEST NEW MEXICO...

* UNTIL 615 PM MDT


* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...
  LORDSBURG...
  ANIMAS...
  REDROCK...
  SHAKESPEARE...
  COTTON CITY...
  CLOVERDALE...
  STEINS...
  VIRDEN...
  ROAD FORKS...
  MULE CREEK...
  ALDO LEOPOLD VISTA...
  GRANITE GAP...

RUNOFF FROM THIS EXCESSIVE RAINFALL WILL CAUSE MINOR FLOODING TO
OCCUR...ESPECIALLY ALONG SMALL STREAMS AND NEAR LOW WATER CROSSINGS.

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATES RAINFALL RATES FROM
.5 TO .9 INCHES PER HOUR WITH STORMS SLOWLY MOVING TO THE NORTH
NORTHWEST AROUND 5 TO 10 MPH. SOME TRAINING IS OCCURRING OVER AREAS
THAT HAVE ALREADY RECEIVED PREVIOUS RAINFALL.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

EXCESSIVE RAINFALL CAN QUICKLY TURN DRY DESERT WASHES AND ARROYOS
INTO RAGING RIVERS...EVEN IN AREAS FAR FROM WHERE RAIN HAS FALLEN. DO
NOT ATTEMPT TO CROSS FLOODED ARROYOS. SWIFTLY MOVING WATER CAN CARVE
DEEP CHANNELS IN PREVIOUSLY SHALLOW WASHES...AND WATER CAN BE MUCH
DEEPER THAN IT APPEARS. IF YOUR ROUTE BECOMES CUT OFF BY FLOODED
ARROYOS...WAIT FOR FLOOD WATERS TO RECEDE.

IN HILLY TERRAIN THERE ARE HUNDREDS OF LOW WATER CROSSINGS WHICH ARE
POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS IN HEAVY RAIN. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO TRAVEL ACROSS
FLOODED ROADS. IT ONLY TAKES A FEW INCHES OF SWIFTLY FLOWING WATER TO
CARRY VEHICLES AWAY.

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