Ruidoso Flash Flood Prompts Gas Leaks, Evacuations In Cedar Creek And Upper Canyon

Ruidoso Flooding

Flash floods in Ruidoso, New Mexico. (Photo Credit: Representational/ UnSplash)

KEY HIGHLIGHTS
  • NWS has issued a flash flood emergency for the Ruidoso area until 6 p.m. Tuesday
  • The Village has urged residents to evacuate immediately
  • All bridge crossings in Ruidoso are closed due to flooding
The New Mexico National Guard is aiding in evacuations following a flash flood emergency declared by the National Weather Service in Ruidoso, a village in New Mexico, on Tuesday. Severe rainfall has led to life-threatening flooding, causing damage to homes, structures, and roads. Reports indicate tornadoes and hail accompanying the storm. Residents in Cedar Creek, Upper Canyon, Brady Canyon, Paradise Canyon, Hull, and areas near Rio Ruidoso have been urged to evacuate due to persistent flash flood warnings.
What we know so far-
1. The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood emergency for the Ruidoso area until 6 p.m. Tuesday. The Village has urged residents to evacuate immediately, saying, "Please do not try to protect your property or gather your belongings. Get out and move to higher ground IMMEDIATELY!"
2. Immediate evacuations have been ordered for the following areas:
  • Cedar Creek
  • Upper Canyon
  • Brady Canyon
  • Cherokee Mobile Village
  • Paradise Canyon
  • Areas near Rio Ruidoso
3.The White Mountain Relief Center at 687 Hull Road has been opened for citizens needing shelter.
4. All bridge crossings in Ruidoso are closed due to flooding. These include:
  • Paradise Canyon and Meander
  • Gavilan Canyon Road between Meander and Sutton
  • Brady Canyon and Mechem
  • Paradise Canyon and Hull
  • Eagle Drive and Upper Canyon bridges
5. Heavy rain and flooding may impact additional areas including Highway 48, Highway 70, Main Road, Paradise Canyon Road, and Gavilan Canyon Road.
6. Village officials have reported multiple gas leaks due to the flooding. They posted on social media, "The flooding this afternoon has caused multiple gas leaks throughout the Village. Please stay away from gas smells and report the issue to Zia Natural Gas at 800-520-4277 or 575-378-4277," the village said in a Facebook post."
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