Ruidoso Flooding Affects Lubbock Residents - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/28/08

Ruidoso Flooding Affects Lubbock Residents

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The river in Ruidoso, New Mexico is over its banks after seven inches of rain fell Sundaday in a 12 hour period.  The heavy rain fell in the aftermath of Hurricane Dolly.

The Ruidoso Fire Department says one man drowned in the flooding, and up to three people are still missing. On Sunday, nearly 500 people were evacuated from their homes, but we're told things are calmer today.  NewsChannel 11 spoke with a Plainview woman who has a home in Ruidoso, and is still there Monday night.

"It is a muddy mess, lots of debris.  There is still a lot of people in town.  You know it seems to be business as usual.  Everybody is going on about doing.  We went out to the Wal-Mart store last night.  There is still plenty of stock on their shelves.  Everything seems to be going on about par," said Brenda Carter who is in Ruidoso. 

Lisa Moore has traveled to Ruidoso for the last seven years. She has a home there and owns race horses that run at Ruidoso Downs. "I've never seen anything like this," said Moore. 

Moore left for Ruidoso last Thursday and brought some friends with her for a weekend get-away. She said it started raining Friday morning, but she never expected this. "The force of the water, it was just incredible seeing a mobile home in the middle of the river," said Moore.    

The Ruidoso fire department told NewsChannel 11 most of the damage was to houses located on the river.  A river, that Moore says usually isn't very deep at all. "We put lawn chairs out in it and sat in it. It's not any deeper than that and I mean it was incredible and it was just flowing just gushing down," said Moore.     

Moore's home is on top of the mountains so luckily there was no damage, but trying to get out of town on Sunday was a different story. "Coming out of Ruidoso the fields that normally have cattle and horses were just standing in water. And we saw horses standing in probably a foot deep water and we passed the track to the whole track area where the horses run was under water," said Moore. 

The South Plains regional chapter of the American Red Cross is working with New Mexican Red Cross chapters to help send food, water and supplies to the area.

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Learn more about the South Plains Regional Chapter of the American Red Cross.

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