New Mexico is most often faced with flash floods which can develop quickly, sometimes in just a few minutes and without any visible signs of rain. Flash floods often have a dangerous wall of roaring water that carries rocks, mud, and other debris and can sweep away most things in its path.
Be aware of flood hazards no matter where you live, but especially if you live in a low-lying area, near water or downstream from a dam. Even very small streams, arroyos, culverts, dry streambeds or low-lying ground that appears harmless in dry weather can flood. (*NM Family Emergency Preparedness Guide)
Flood Watch: Flooding is possible.
Flash Flood Watch: Flash flooding is possible; prepare to move to higher ground.
Flood Warning: Flooding is occurring or will occur soon; if advised to evacuate, do so immediately.
Flash Flood Warning: A flash flood is occurring; seek higher ground on foot immediately.
Before a Flood
During a Flood
After a Flood
Listen to the National Weather Sevice (NOAA) weather radio, battery-operated radio, or television for the latest emergency information. Use the telephone only for emergency calls. Stay away from damaged areas. If evacuated, return home only when authorities say it is safe.
Driving and Floods
The following items are important to remember when driving in flood conditions: