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Flash Flood Threat Closes Carlsbad Caverns Early On Friday

(photo courtesy of the National Park Service)

Arizona isn’t the only desert spot seeing an influx of precipitation lately. Areas in southeastern New Mexico have seen more than 3 inches of rain since Thursday. The threat of flash flooding forced officials at Carlsbad Caverns National Park to close early on Friday.

While the moisture southeastern New Mexico is seeing right now isn't going to break any records, the National Weather Service said the rainfall is significant.

Some roads have been closed, but so far no rescues have been reported.

"This area is pretty flash floody a lot of ravines and rocks," said Doug Cain with the National Weather Service. "It doesn’t really soak in, it tends to run off. Radar estimates that across eddy and lea counties that up to 8” of rain has fallen."

According to Cain, the weather system moving through New Mexico is partly related to monsoonal moisture but is mostly the result of a cold front.

Carrie Jung Senior Field Correspondent, Education Desk Carrie Jung began her public radio career in Albuquerque, N.M., where she fell in love with the diverse cultural scene and unique political environment of the Southwest. Jung has been heard on KJZZ since 2013 when she served as a regular contributor to the Fronteras Desk from KUNM Albuquerque. She covered several major stories there including New Mexico's Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage and Albuquerque's failed voter initiative to ban late-term abortions. Jung has also contributed stories about environmental and Native American issues to NPR's Morning Edition, PRI's The World, Al Jazeera America, WNYC's The Takeaway, and National Native News. She earned a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's in marketing, both from Clemson University. When Jung isn't producing content for KJZZ she can usually be found buried beneath mounds of fabric and quilting supplies. She recently co-authored a book, "Sweet And Simple Sewing," with her mother and sister, who are fabric designers.