Otero County Sheriff Shawn Mobley said at the Otero County Board of County Commissioners meeting on Monday that areas of U.S. 194 up to the Otero-Bent County line are experiencing minor agricultural flooding, including the intersection of U.S. 194 and U.S. 50 outside Las Animas.
"We also have some spots around the 6 Mile marker, 7, where it's starting to come across from the fields. Just passed Bent's Fort. We're starting to see it creep up there," said Mobley on Monday.
Mobley said he doesn't predict major flooding but that it was contingent on weather in the next few days. The flood level in Otero County is expected to reach its peak on Wednesday, which could continue to affect water levels along U.S. 194.
Residents traveling to and from Otero County on U.S. 194 should be wary of potential water on the road.
A vehicle may hydroplane at speeds as low as 50 m.p.h. in water one-eighth of an inch deep, according to the Department of Revenue's Colorado Driver Handbook.