Albuquerque Official: 3 Dead In Flash Flood Was Worst Ever

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A flash flood warning was issued Friday in the south Albuquerque area, a day after a fire official called the apparent drownings of three men in rushing water following thunderstorms the deadliest such incident in the agency’s history.

Albuquerque Fire and Rescue Lt. Tom Ruiz told the Albuquerque Journal the third body was found Thursday using a drone to scan a floodwater diversion channel not far from where would-be rescuers found two other bodies on Wednesday.

“This is what we expected to find in terms of … how many people were missing,” Ruiz said.

The National Weather Service said Tuesday's storm dropped more than 1 inch (2.5 centimeters) of rain in some foothill areas in less than 15 minutes.

Ruiz said the swift floodwaters flowing 6 feet (1.8 meters) deep were some of the highest he’d seen in the region’s North Diversion Channel.

Rescue units scrambled to the sides of the channel in northeast Albuquerque Tuesday afternoon after three people were seen in the water after the heavy rains.