Disastrous Flooding Potential for New Mexico, Colorado

Published July 16, 2013

| AccuWeather

Heavy rain could cause serious problems across the Four Corners region through the middle of the week.

This rain has been retrograding westward since the weekend, bringing the heavy rain and storms from Texas and Oklahoma into the Four Corners area.

While some areas of extreme drought across New Mexico, Arizona and Colorado could benefit from the rain, many will have too much in a short period of time to be of help. Instead, flooding will take place.

The regions most at risk are higher terrain and areas recently burnt by wildfires.

Higher elevations are more likely to have these pop-up thunderstorms that will have the potential to dump 1-3 inches of rain in some places in just one day. But locally, some areas could get up to 5 inches in a day or two.

This amount of rain can flood streets and homes, overflowing creeks and streams.

While slightly lower totals are likely at lower terrain, the recent dry weather will make certain regions more susceptible to flooding.

This includes areas that were affected by the Black Forest fire in June, one of the most destructive fires in Colorado history.

The dry soil will be unable to absorb the rain as it falls heavily and for longer periods of time. This will therefore lead to potentially dangerous flash flooding.

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