The National Weather Service Midland/Odessa stationed issued a flash flood watch in southeast New Mexico and West Texas Monday, as the area was predicted to see rainfall throughout the week.
“Increased widespread rain chances continue through tonight and tomorrow as well as below average temperatures,” a Facebook post from the NWS read.
“Heavy rainfall may result in localized flooding.”
The NWS said 1 to 3 inches of accumulation was possible leading to a flash flood watch as thunderstorms move through Eddy County. The flash flood warning was in effect until 6 a.m. Tuesday, as NWS noted Carlsbad had 97% humidity and an 80% chance of rain.
“Thunderstorms capable of producing heavy rainfall, fusty winds, frequent lightning and flash flooding are expected across much of the area today and tonight,” a hazardous weather outlook from the NWS read.
“A flash flood watch is now in effect through late tonight (Monday)for the Permian Basin, southeast New Mexico, the upper Trans Pecos and Davis Mountains.”
Chance of precipitation increased to 90% on Tuesday and predictions fell to 70% for Wednesday, 40% on Thursday and 50% on Friday.
Predicted temperatures for the week in Carlsbad were expected to range in the mid-60s degrees Fahrenheit to low 80s, as the cold front rolls through the region.
Jennifer Armendariz, Eddy County emergency office manager, said area fire departments and swift water rescue teams were on standby.
“Right now were under a flood advisory and expect it to continue through Wednesday morning around 7 a.m. So we’re looking at anywhere from one and a half to two inches of rain in addition to what we already have,” Armendariz said.
“We’ve got everybody with the fire departments, including Artesia and Eddy County Fire and Carlsbad Fire on standby.”
Armendariz said the situation does have the potential to see the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) activated.
She said local responders will keep in constant communication, as they watch the weather and local roads.
No roads were closed as of Monday but Armendariz suggested watching the Eddy County Emergency Management Facebook page for updates on road closures.
She advised residents to avoid driving unless necessary and to think twice before attempting to swim or cross submerged roadways.
“You never know how deep it is especially at middle or crossing,” Armendariz said.
Residents should be cautious and ensure at least a three day supply of food and water.
Those in need of sandbags can find sand and bags at local fire departments for self filing.
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.
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