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Remnants of hurricane soak southern Texas, New Mexico



Published: Tue, September 5, 2006 @ 12:00 a.m.



EL PASO, Texas (AP) -- Heavy rain flooded roads in the Southwest on Monday as the rapidly weakening remnants of Hurricane John spread across the border from Mexico, where up to 20 inches had fallen on parts of the Baja Peninsula.

A half-mile section of Interstate 10 near downtown El Paso was closed by water Monday morning, police spokesman Javier Sambrano said.

Normally dry southern New Mexico got enough rain to cause isolated road flooding. Southern Arizona had scattered rain, and showers were possible in desert areas of Southern California through today, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

In Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, across the border from El Paso, rain flooded at least 20 neighborhoods, knocked down electricity poles and caused several traffic accidents. Hundreds of people were evacuated from one neighborhood because of concerns about a nearby dam that exceeded its capacity, said Luz del Carmen Sosa of the city's public safety department.

In the El Paso area, where almost 3 inches of rain had fallen since Friday, no injuries or evacuations were reported, unlike during storms about a month ago that washed out roads and chased people out of their homes.

"We haven't seen a replay of what we saw several weeks ago," Sambrano said. "We've been very fortunate because it's actually been nonstop rain throughout the night."

Copyright 2006 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.




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