2 rescued from flood channels after Albuquerque rains

July 7, 2019

ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico (AP) — Authorities say firefighters have rescued two people swept away in flood channels after heavy rains in the Albuquerque area.

Albuquerque Fire Rescue says both people were exhausted, bruised, and hypothermic when they were hospitalized after being pulled from the water at two separate locations on Saturday.

The Albuquerque Journal reports scattered thunderstorms moving through Bernalillo County and Rio Rancho on Saturday were part of the monsoons.

National Weather Service meteorologist Andrew Church tells the newspaper the evening storms dumped rain sporadically for a few hours, resulting in minor flooding in streets and small streams.

He says the rain was heavy but the soil absorbed most of the moisture.