Following the recent severe thunderstorms, the City of Roswell is continuing to deal with a large amount of water flooding streets and other areas in south Roswell. The Roswell/Chaves County emergency manager was part of an aerial review of the area west of the Roswell Air Center Tuesday afternoon (June 1).
The source of the water flowing into south Roswell is a breach in a flood-control diversion structure – similar to a levee – about 1.25 miles west of the city. The city is working with Chaves County and the Chaves County Flood Commission (an independent public entity that maintains the diversion structure), as well as the State of New Mexico, to try to stop or control the flow of this water.
Several city streets remain closed to through traffic or all traffic Wednesday (June 2) in the area impacted by the flooding. Motorists are discouraged from driving through flooded streets and are urged to seek alternate routes.