Heavy rains flood Albuquerque streets

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By Associated Press


ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Authorities say fire crews aided several people who were stranded in their cars because of street flooding in Albuquerque.

Heavy rains late Friday night caused the flash flooding and road closures in parts of downtown and in other areas.

The fire department says in a statement that crews found multiple vehicles stuck in flood waters, including one that was completely submerged.

It says firefighters helped several people to safety, including a couple stranded on the hood of their vehicle. No serious injuries were reported.

Rain also forced the New Mexico Rail Runner Express to shut down some train service Saturday. A bridge used by the trains near Budaghers, about 30 miles north of Albuquerque, was washed out overnight. As a result, Rail Runner was suspending service further north to Santa Fe on Saturday. Only trains going between Belen and Bernalillo will continue to operate.

The Albuquerque Journal reported that the Albuquerque airport received 0.67 inches within an hour. There was no immediate word on the total rainfall from Friday night.