ESPANOLA, N.M. (KRQE) – The waters of northern New Mexico’s Rio Ojo Caliente are rising. The rising water is now surrounding homes in the lower lands along the lower Rio Ojo Caliente.
The first sandbags were handed out by the Rio Arriba County Fire Department Tuesday night.
“In the event that the water does continue to rise, I believe that there is a potential for it to get into some of the houses,” said Deputy County Fire Marshal Alfredo Montoya.
The water in many other streams and rivers fed by the mountain snow packs in the northern part of the state is on the rise. Warmer than normal temperatures are melting the snow packs faster than usual.
“A lot of people this year did not realize that we did have a lot of snow pack in the higher elevations causing this runoff,” said Montoya.
He urged residents who are immediately threatened by flood waters that endanger life or property to seek higher ground and call 911. The fire department does have sandbags that can be distributed for advance protection.