Homeowners on edge as monsoon season starts

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Homeowners in southwest Albuquerque spent much of the day cleaning up from major flooding. Heavy rain overnight sent feet of water into their homes and yards, and if that storm is any indication, the monsoon season could be intense.

Becky Roberts realized her home at Coors and Lucca was in trouble a little after midnight. Water from heavy rains flowed off the West Mesa, causing a nearby ditch to overflow. Roberts worked throughout the night cleaning up the four inches of water in her home.

Crews from the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District and the Albuquerque Metropolitan Arroyo Flood Control Authority took care of most of the water on her property. They also pumped more than 28,000 gallons of water from a neighbor’s yard.

“We’re very concerned,” Roberts said of this year’s monsoon season.

Meteorologists with the National Weather Service say with the developing El Nino, it’s shaping up to be an above-average monsoon season and it could ramp up soon.

“We started out well, kind of like flipping a switch on the first of July,” Meteorologist Andrew Church with the NWS said. “Weather prediction models over the next seven days are showing a higher moisture content with more moisture coming up from the south next week, and so the flooding potential will increase with that.”

Potential for flash flooding is especially in high in existing burn scars, but Church says models show the whole state could see the effects of the monsoon season this year.

Of course after four years of drought, the NWS says an above-average monsoon is more than welcome.

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