2 bodies recovered, 1 person missing in Albuquerque flooding

July 21, 2021 GMT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Two bodies were recovered Wednesday and the search continued for one other person swept into an arroyo after storms hit Albuquerque, authorities said.

Firefighters pulled a man’s body from the end of a diversion channel on Wednesday morning and a second man’s body in the afternoon.

The names and ages of the two victims were not immediately released by authorities.

Crews initially responded Tuesday afternoon when three people were seen floating down the diversion channel in northeast Albuquerque after the area was hit with heavy rains.

Swift water rescue units scrambled to the sides of the channel to attempt a rescue but didn’t spot the three people over a two-hour period.

Authorities said it can take days for bodies to surface and crews will continue searching for the last missing person until they have exhausted all efforts.