Pecos River flooding in Carlsbad causes neighborhood evacuation

As widespread flooding struck Carlsbad in the wake of heavy rainfall the Monday and Tuesday, major roadways were blocked off and police and emergency responders patrolled the banks of the Pecos River to keep the public safe. 

Here is what we know.

9:16 p.m.

Matthew Johnson of the National Weather Service in Midland said water levels along the Pecos River were receding below Avalon Dam, Brantley Lake and Dark Canyon. He said levels could rise during the late night and early morning as more rain was forecast for Eddy County.

Eddy County Emergency Manager Jennifer Armendariz said evacuations of the Lakewood area were not definite. She the SKP Ranch RV Park had some rising water but no evacuations were being considered. 

NWS forecasted flood levels to fall Wednesday along the Pecos River. 

8:30 p.m.

Eddy County Emergency Manager Jennifer Armendariz said her office was working with the Artesia Fire Department and some northern volunteer fire departments to move residents to shelter from the Lakewood area between Artesia and Carlsbad.

“We’ve got some pretty heavy flooding in that area. We’re evaluating that situation and see if we need to set up an evacuation center there,” she said.

Armendariz said 28 roads in southern and northern Eddy County were closed due to flooding.

She said sandbags were available at volunteer fire departments across Eddy County for residents concerned about potential flooding.

“The sandbags will not be filled, residents will have to go to the fire department fill the bags themselves. The shovels, the sand and the bags are there,” Armendariz added.  

7:30 p.m.

Eddy County, in a Facebook page, said that evacuations of the neighborhood near Tansill Dam and Reservoir were “almost complete.”

The update indicated that most impacted residents were either staying with family, friends or had chosen to take shelter at Joe Stanley Smith elementary school in Carlsbad.

According to the post, water flowing from Dark Canyon into the Pecos River had slowed “significantly” and water levels at Avalon Lake had peaked and were “slightly overflowing” the dam.