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As a result of continued rainy weather conditions this week and the potential for flash flooding in Los Alamos Canyon, Philmont Taylor, LAPD Emergency Management has ordered the county’s Bear Camp program to vacate the Ice Rink in the canyon for the remainder of the summer camp season.
Atomic City Transit busses transported approximately 30-35 campers out of the canyon and were safely back to the aquatic center’s training room.
Camp will continue for one more week at this alternate location at the aquatic center, which should be adequate because of the limited enrollment this time of year.
The rain caused some flooding in Los Alamos neighborhoods and also closed West Road down to the Ice Rink.
The National Weather Service also issued a flash flood warning for Southern Los Alamos County early this morning.
According to its Facebook page, Bandelier National Monument reported the creek that runs through Frijoles Canyon was at the top of its channel during the afternoon thunderstorm.
The county, meanwhile, said in a memo that Central Avenue will be fully closed between 15th and the Post Office.
A county memo stated, “the recent significant rain has caused delays to the Central Avenue Improvements project. In order to maintain the project schedule and increase safety along the section of Central Avenue under construction, a change to the traffic control plan is required. Therefore, Central Avenue between the Post Office entrance and 15th Street will be fully closed 24/7 starting tonight (Tuesday) at 7 p.m. and continue to be closed for the next 4-6 weeks.
“Access to the Post Office will be maintained, and a pedestrian crossing will be located near Starbucks. Vehicles will be detoured to Deacon Street using the same night work traffic control that has been in effect. The Main Street driveway into Central Park Square will also be closed to traffic, please use Central Park Square access points from 15th Street or Nectar.”
Rain is expected in the forecast for the next three days.