Published: 1:00 pm, Thu. Oct. 22nd, 2015Updated: 1:45 pm
A heavy thunderstorm that struck the Artesia area Wednesday evening left behind more than 4 inches of rain and piles of hail in some areas. The inclement weather saw Eagle Draw, pictured above, running near bank to bank, forcing the closure of intersections. Meanwhile, motorists on North U.S. 285 between 13th Street and the Lake Arthur cutoff experienced hazardous conditions as hail thickly lined the roadway, creating fog as well as a slick surface.
Above, the remains of a heavy hailstorm that struck north Artesia Wednesday evening resemble drifts of snow in the front yard of a home off of North 13th Rural Street. Below, rainwater rushes through Eagle Draw swiftly enough to create rapids at the intersection of Roselawn Avenue and JJ Clarke Drive. The low-lying intersections of the draw at Roselawn, 10th Street, and Bowman Drive were closed due to being underwater.