Ruidoso Recovers from Flooding, Main Roads and Highways Remain Open - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/29/08

Ruidoso Recovers from Flooding, Main Roads and Highways Remain Open

The Village of Ruidoso continues its cleanup and recovery from yesterdays record flooding.  Waters have significantly receded overnight, and rescue crews have worked tirelessly to evacuate residents affected by the emergency.  The flooding, caused by the remnants of Hurricane Dolly, dropped over six inches of rain on the region in a 24-hour period, and washed out several bridges in the Ruidoso area. All main roads through the Village and surrounding highways remain open, along with local businesses.

The majority of the damage took place along low-lying areas of the Rio Ruidoso, with part of the Upper Canyon area affected as well.  While some secondary roads servicing those areas are closed, residents still have electrical power.   Residents whose homes were damaged are being sheltered at local churches and community centers, including the Church of the Nazarene and the Gateway Church of Christ.  The Red Cross and the New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management were also quick to respond to the crisis, with Governor Bill Richardson pledging immediate emergency aid for the Ruidoso area.

500 residents have been evacuated from their homes, and several bridges have been closed.  The Ruidoso Downs racetrack received heavy flooding, however officials are optimistic that the track will re-open for racing this weekend.  The Lincoln National Forest was largely unaffected and open for visitors.

Emergency crews continue to work diligently to rescue any residents or campers still stranded, and Ruidoso and State of New Mexico crews will continue their efforts to minimize the impact to the area.

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