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City of Albuquerque Prepares for Influx of Water from Recent Heavy Rain Events

City prepares for runoff water in the Rio Grande causing river levels 5 to 12 feet above normal

September 13, 2013

Albuquerque, NM - Mayor Richard J. Berry is cautioning the community to be watchful in preparation of an influx of water expected to raise the levels of the Rio Grande throughout Albuquerque. The Albuquerque Police Department, Fire Department, Office of Emergency Management, Department of Municipal Development, and Parks and Recreation Department, along with National Weather Service, met this afternoon for an emergency briefing to help prepare the city for the heavy flow of water, called a potential ‘Flood Wave’ phenomenon.

Experts are projecting this could result in river levels 5 to 12 feet above normal. This would result in potential bosque flooding throughout Albuquerque and Bernalillo County. The National Weather Service is expecting the rush to come through starting tonight after 10pm and through tomorrow morning until about 4am. It will course through the region over several hours. They say this is historic rainfall for the region and as a precautionary measure the following actions are being taken:

  • All Bosque trails will be closed and monitored
  • The Police Department is launching Air One to monitor the Rio Grande and levy water levels
  • Community Centers are on standby to act as shelters, if evacuation is necessary
  • AFD’s Swift Water Rescue team has been activated
  • The Department of Municipal Development along with the Army Corps of Engineers have identified a region near Montano and Rio Grande, one mile south and one mile north, as a vulnerable area and will be monitoring the region throughout the evening and early morning hours
  • The Red Cross is also on standby


All flooding related calls should go to 242-COPS, unless it is an emergency, then community members are asked to call 911.


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