Move to Higher Ground at First Sign of Rising Water
Incident: Little Bear Fire Wildfire
Submitted by Lincoln County Emergency Services 4:00 pm June 26, 2012
Isolated thunderstorms producing lightning and areas of heavy rain are possible this afternoon over Lincoln County. Flash flooding is possible. Residents are being asked to be vigilant if they see or hear of rainfall moving into the area. Be prepared to move rapidly to higher ground at the first sign of rising water. Skies may be clear where you are but rain falling upstream through the areas affected by recent fires may move downstream more rapidly than usual. Consider evacuation routes that avoid main roads at the bottoms of canyons which can unexpectedly flood.Sandbags are available to residents at the Main Ruidoso Fire Department Station on Sudderth and at the Lincoln County Office of Emergency Services at Copper Canyon.
As the monsoons approach, heavy rainfall may produce flash floods. The National Weather Service Advisories are available at: http://www.weather.gov/abq. A predictive model for probability of thunderstorms over burned areas, known as Burn Scar Thunderstorm Threat Matrix, is available at: http://www.srh.noaa.gov/images/fxc/abq/graphicast/image full5.gif. Register for Lincoln County CodeRED Emergency Alerts at http://www.lincolncountynm.net/.