Storm brings flooding, power outages to county

National Weather Service says up to an inch of rain fell in less than half an hour

The Daily Times staff
City of Farmington Public Works Department worker Darren Curley clears a drain Friday on North Auburn Street in Farmington as a thunderstorm moved through the area.
  • The worst-hit area of Farmington was the intersection of Tucker Avenue and Main Street.
  • Some vehicles became stalled in deep water in Farmington.
  • Power outages were reported in Farmington, Bloomfield and Kirtland.

 

FARMINGTON — A thunderstorm dumped heavy rain across much of San Juan County this afternoon and resulted in several power outages, but the area avoided major flooding.

According to the National Weather Service, which issued a flash flood warning for parts of the county, up to 1 inch of rain fell in less than 30 minutes this afternoon.

The San Juan County Office of Emergency Management reported some flooding in arroyos and streams. San Juan County Emergency Manager Mike Mestas said there were no major problems with flooding in the county, but the city of Farmington was hit hard by the storm.

Farmington Deputy Fire Chief David Burke and Farmington Public Works Director David Sypher said the worst-hit area of the city was the intersection of Tucker Avenue and Main Street.

A Farmington Electric Utility System employee works to restore power Friday near Butler Avenue and 18th Street in Farmington after the line was hit by lightning.

 

Burke said there were no injuries during the storm, but he emphasized that people should use caution and not drive through deep water. He said a couple of vehicles stalled in the deep water.

Sypher said the storm also caused water to cross roads in low-lying areas such as where the Glade arroyo runs over Navajo Street between Auburn Avenue and Municipal Drive.

Farmington Electric Utility Director Hank Adair said the storm caused three power outages, including one in Farmington, one south of Bloomfield and one in Kirtland. The largest outage impacted 288 customers south of Bloomfield. By 4 p.m., most of the customers in Farmington and the customers south of Bloomfield had their power restored. Crews were working to restore power in Kirtland.

A driver splashes water while driving through a puddle on West Main Street in downtown Farmington Friday afternoon.

 

Aztec High School canceled its homecoming parade because of the rain and lightning.

Troy Marshall, a meteorological technician with the National Weather Service in Albuquerque, said there is the potential for more thunderstorms to develop into the night.

A municipal worker made quick work of a slow-moving storm drain on Behrend Avenue next to the Farmington Civic Center Friday afternoon following a rain and hail downpour that caused minor flooding on many streets.