ALBUQUERQUE, NM (KRQE) – Albuquerque Fire Rescue firefighters spent hours searching for three people believed to have been blown away in the arroyo on Tuesday night. AFR is expected to provide an update on the recovery mission on Wednesday at 12 noon. KRQE News 13 will be broadcast live on this page.
At around 4 p.m. Tuesday, a rapid but strong thunderstorm sent water rushing down the arroyos of Albuquerque. Shortly thereafter, three victims were reportedly found in the water as they walked down Embudo Arroyo near Constitution and I-40.
The Albuquerque Metropolitan Arroyo flood control authority said 100 square miles was flowing into the canal and that on Tuesday evening the water in the area was about four feet deep, but at the height of the storm it was was close to 12 feet. “It’s the highest I’ve seen this year. We see 8 to 12 feet quite commonly throughout the summer. A massive amount of water… which accelerates the canals transporting, unfortunately in this case, people, ”said Nolan Bennett, AMAFCA field engineer on Tuesday.