In the past week, flash floods have surged in Santa Clara Canyon and at Bandelier National Monument and caused extreme damage to the Dixon Apple Orchard near Cochiti Lake.
The Las Conchas Burned Area Emergency Response team had advised various entities that flooding would be a problem.
And they were right.
At Valles Caldera, they have had their share of floods at the preserve. Ash and soot wiped out the fish population in the northern and western part of the preserve at the beginning of monsoon season.
In the past week, the preserve has seen a fair amount of rain. But according to Valles Caldera director of science and education Bob Parmenter, the water no longer is black.