- Associated Press - Thursday, May 25, 2017

ELEPHANT BUTTE, N.M. (AP) - RV owners prepping for the Memorial Day weekend say unexpected high water levels at a popular lake in southern New Mexico have dampened their plans.

Elephant Butte State Park officials say the lake is currently 14 feet higher than this time last year. Park Superintendent Kay Dunlap says the water is coming from snowmelt flowing from the upper Rio Grande.

Many people left their RVs parked on the beach ahead of the weekend. Many came back to the lake after they were notified by a park employee or saw photos on Facebook.

One owner told Albuquerque television station KRQE that when he left, his truck was not in the water. He found the front tires in the water Wednesday.

Reports say the water level will continue to rise until mid-June.

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