Southwest Desert/Lower Gila River Valley Severe Watches & Warnings NOAA Weather Radio

Flash Flood Watch
Statement as of 3:31 PM MDT op 16 september 2014

...Flash Flood Watch now in effect through midnight Thursday night...

The Flash Flood Watch is now in effect for

* southwest and south central New Mexico. Included are Hidalgo...Grant...Sierra...Luna...Dona Ana...and Otero counties in New Mexico. Of special concern will be western Sierra and eastern Grant counties with excessive runoff from the Black Range and the mountains of the Gila.

* Through Thursday evening

* several bands of heavy rain are expected ahead of the actual passage of Odile tonight. Wednesday night and through Thursday the remnants of Odile are expected to move in from the west to bring another period of widespread heavy rainfall.

* Normally dry arroyos...streams...and river could be quickly filled with fast moving water...mud and debris. Low water crossings will likely become impassable. Several rivers will likely reach bankful and rise above flood stage. Flooding of homes and businesses in low lying and flood prone areas will be possible. Some flooding could become life threatening. People living in flood prone areas should be prepared to take action if rising water is seen.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding. Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation.

You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action should flash flood warnings be issued.

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