NM Floods' Wrath Also Left Some Drought Relief

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
Officials say flood damage from recent storms struck 25 of New Mexico

Water from a historic New Mexico storm fanned out as it flowed into a nearly empty Elephant Butte Reservoir last week. The storm set records around the state, bringing both flooding and some drought relief.

BERNARDO, N.M. Officials say flood damage from recent storms struck 25 of New Mexico's 33 counties but the heavy rains brought some relief amid extreme drought.

The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/15hCMpy) that this month's rain provided significant relief for New Mexico's drought yet left places like Albuquerque well short of its 36-month average.

Still, water supply calculations showed that the Pecos River in eastern New Mexico came out ahead. Pecos reservoir storage for area farmers went from 11 percent full to 92 percent in a space of less than two weeks.

Elephant Butte, the Rio Grande's largest water storage reservoir, which holds 2 million acre feet of water, gained more than 50,000 acre feet of water in the storm. It rose from 4.4 percent to 5.9 percent full.

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