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Weather related deaths are down because more people know how to be safe. It’s Monsoon Safety Awareness Week and the National Weather Service wants you to know how to avoid the dangers of these seasonal storms.  

In New Mexico four people died in flash floods since 2013, and just last year lightning killed one person.

Central, Western New Mexico In Flash Flood Watch

Aug 26, 2014
National Weather Service

Parts of central and western New Mexico are under a flash flood watch as heavy rains are expected through Wednesday.

The National Weather Service says scattered storms may strike throughout the region Tuesday, bring potential flooding.

Forecasters say parts of the state could see up to two inches of rains. Drier weather is expected later Wednesday.

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. 

University Of New Mexico Cleaning Up After Flood Damage

Aug 12, 2014
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The University of New Mexico is scrambling to clean up and make repairs in the wake of flood damage from last week's rainstorms.

KRQE-TV reports that nearly 40 buildings were damaged.

University officials say classrooms will be open for the beginning of fall classes on Monday.

However, physical plant Director Mary Vosevich says some repairs will still be underway.

Insurance adjusters are checking conditions on campus and the university expects to know more about the costs of repairs once those visits conclude.

Downtown Albuquerque Flooded

Aug 2, 2014
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UPDATE 8/2 8:30a - The National Weather Service reported 2.67 inches of rain fell at the UNM campus in Albuquerque as of 12:30a Saturday, according to The Albuquerque Journal.

The Albuquerque Fire Department said in a statement that 8-10 people were rescued from the high waters in the city with no injuries and some mild exposure concerns. 

A sink hole was created at the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue and Broadway Boulevard. 

Motorists are being cautioned to stay away from the area. 

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Kari Greer / US Forest Service Gila National Forest

New Mexico’s 2014 wildfire season seems to have fizzled out, but the danger is not entirely behind us.

New Mexico State Forestry spokesman Dan Ware said favorable weather combined with a public awareness of fire prevention practices has reduced the number of fires this year.  “I don’t want to say that we are out of the woods yet,” he cautioned.

National Drought Mitigation Center

    

We’ve gotten some rain recently in New Mexico, but that doesn’t mean the drought is letting up. Climatologists say it’s going to take more than just a sprinkle or two.

Extreme drought conditions are actually spreading in parts of New Mexico, despite the arrival of monsoon storms. A new map from the U.S. Drought Monitor shows drought conditions worsening, especially in San Juan and Rio Arriba counties.