Storm causes some headaches around town

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Thursday’s storm dumped over a half inch of rain and hail in 15 minutes in Socorro, and .64 inches at the Bosque del Apache, according to National Weather Service observers.

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Pea-sized hail fell in downtown Socorro, and there were reports of street flooding and marble-sized hail hammering Evergreen Avenue in the southwest part of town. Arroyos south of town flooded sections of Highway 1 near San Antonio.

Despite the deluge, the Socorro Police Department reported no major accidents or problems.

Farmer Chris Sichler was happy to see the ditches running this week, but Thursday’s heavy rain brought its own brand of headaches.

Farmers would rather see it rain above and around them, but too much rain water in the valley can ruin crops, Sichler said.

“We got three quarters of an inch of rain today, and it’s not all that good for farmers because of flooding,” he said. “In July, we had a big rainstorm in the hills above us, and it flooded down here. We try to get it drained off, but sometimes the drains fill and I have to put in dirt in front of my chile field.”

Then he excused himself and rushed off in his pick up truck to assess the damage.