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Heavy Rainfall, Possible Flash Floods Wednesday

Aug 13, 2014

A storm shrouds the Sandia mountains Wednesday afternoon.
Credit Elaine Baumgartel

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UPDATE 5p: Albuquerque Fire Department officials say two people were rescued from swift waters in an arroyo Wednesday afternoon.

One man was rescued near Morningside and Cutler after traveling three miles downstream. Someone had spotted him in the water near Indian School and Louisiana. He has been hospitalized in stable condition. 

A woman was rescued in the arroyo near Louisiana.  According to a city official, officers tied their rain jackets together and pulled the 16 year old straight up 10 feet to rescue her. 

Video courtesy of the City of Albuquerque. 

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The National Weather Service is warning that up to 2 inches of rain could fall in as several storms, some producing torrential rainfall, move across northwestern New Mexico today. 

That kind of heavy rainfall heightens the risk for flash floods, especially in areas where the soil is saturated from recent storms or where the landscape has been scarred by wildfires. 

Dark green represents areas with a Flash Flood Warning, light green is for Flash Flood Watch on August 13, 2014.
Credit National Weather Service

Some of the storms could bring winds gusting to 55 mph and several may hang out over night in the middle Rio Grande valley until Thursday morning.

At the beginning of this month, a series of storms resulted in flash floods in Albuquerque and other areas of the states.