The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Warning for northern Lea county until Friday at 6:51pm or until the warning is cancelled. This includes Artesia. This morning at 7am the stage was 3.9ft with flooding stage at 12.5ft. The forecast is for flooding to rise above flood stage by tomorrow evening and continue to rise to near 14ft by early Thursday afternoon. Ranchers and farmers are advised to move livestock and machinery out of flood prone areas if time permits. Be extra careful driving in these areas and find an alternative route if the water looks to deep!