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Flooding causes thousands of dollars damage for southern New Mexico homes & businesses

Marianne Rowley
A woman examines flooding around her home in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico.

TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES, New Mexico -- Storms hit hard in southern New Mexico Sunday night, dumping between one and two inches of rain, prompting flash flooding in the area.

Truth or Consequences, and nearby Williamsburg, woke up Monday to the worst damage in the state.

Officials estimated that the flooding caused thousands of dollars in damage for T or C businesses and homes; the police station was among the buildings invaded by floodwaters. No injuries were reported.

The city said it is working on an emergency flood declaration through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to obtain funds for repairs. 

T or C police told ABC affiliate KOAT that they received 30 calls for help during the two heaviest hours of the storm, which prompted concerns that the Rio Grande would exceed its river banks in that area overnight.

A small dam near Interstate 25 was breached, which sent water pouring down South Broadway and Hyde streets, Sierra County emergency services administrator Paul Tooley told KOB.

He indicated that a wall of water estimated to be 20 feet deep trapped two people in a mobile home who had to be rescued by a front end loader.

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