Floods close roads in Eddy County

Flood waters flow to the Pecos River through the Eagle Draw flood channel in Artesia on June 29, 2021. Rain chances across Eddy County were 80 percent on Tuesday.

This is a developing story and will be updated when more information is available. 

Floods closed roads and streets in Carlsbad and Eddy County Monday and Tuesday, according to officials.

City of Carlsbad Spokesman Kyle Marksteiner said Radio Boulevard, Lower Tansill Dam and San Jose Bridge were closed Monday night, but by 8:15 a.m. Tuesday, closures had been lifted.

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Marksteiner said Lake Carlsbad Beach and Carlsbad Water Park were closed Tuesday due to ongoing weather concerns. 

Eddy County Spokesperson Jeri Strong said floods prompted road closures in multiple parts of the County.

Longhorn Road at the Pecos River, Joy Road from U.S. Highway 82 to Funk Road, Crossbuck Road between Rock Daisy Road and Rockin’ R Road and Dark Canyon Road from U.S. Highway 62/180 and N.M. Road 137 were closed Tuesday morning, Strong said.

Traffic was detoured in Artesia on June 29, 2021 as flood waters flowed through the Eagle Draw flood channel. A flash flood watch was posted for Eddy County through 6 p.m. Tuesday.

New Mexico Department of Transportation (DOT) indicated N.M. Road 2 north of Artesia was closed from Lake Arthur to Hagerman due to heavy rains and floods.

National Weather Service (NWS) in Midland, Texas posted a flash flood watch for Eddy County until 6 p.m. Tuesday and forecasted an 80% chance of showers and thunderstorms through Tuesday night.

Mike Smith can be reached at 575-628-5546 or by email at [email protected] or @ArgusMichae on Twitter.