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UPDATE: Surge in river not as bad as expected

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By The Staff

Update 1 p.m.: The surge of water in the Gallinas River wasn't as bad as expected, aleviating fears of a repeat of Friday's flooding. The river walk remains closed, however, and the possibility of additional heavy rain on Sunday afternoon and night remains.

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More flooding is occurring in San Miguel County this morning, as the heavy rain that fell in Las Vegas and surrounding areas Saturday night once again swells the Gallinas River.

Public safety officials have been told to expect the river to peak between 11:30 to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Las Vegas Police Chief Christian Montaño said. He said they're expecting the river to come close to reaching Friday's levels, which caused flooding throughout the Gallinas River corridor.

Montaño said that there were already reports of homes along Dahlia flooding Sunday morning. Sandbags were being made available to them.

"We're closing down the river walk as much as possible for safety reasons," he said.

Montaño added that there are also concerns because of forecasts for rains to begin again at 1 p.m. Sunday, and the area could get as much rain as it got late Saturday night and early Sunday morning.