The Monsoon Season in New Mexico can be a great time of rejuvenation for the desert and mountainous landscape as much of the year’s precipitation falls during this time frame. However, there are often times adverse or hazardous byproducts of thunderstorms, not the least of which is flash flooding. Watch as we review the threats of flash flooding and dive into the specifics of urban flash flooding and the dangers of arroyos and flood channel diversions throughout Albuquerque. Lieutenant Chris Carlsen of the Albuquerque Fire Department joins us and shares his perspective as a firefighter, often called to perform swift water rescue deployments during flash flooding events.
The NWS provides a list of the types of flood hazards that affect the US as part of their Flood Safety Awareness Week. In New Mexico we’re susceptible to Flash Flooding, River Flooding, Burn Scars/Debris Flows, Ice/Debris Jams, Snowmelt, Dry Wash and Dam Breaks/Levee Failures. Check our their website to learn more