Southern NM braces for flooding

Ruidoso flooding

RUIDOSO, N.M. (KRQE) –  Tropical Storm Odile is done with Mexico and what’s left of it is now bearing down on New Mexico. The state is preparing for a bad situation and it already has crews in place.

Rain has pounded parts of the state the past few weeks and southern New Mexico is bearing the brunt of it. In Doña Ana County and parts of Texas there have been rescues and evacuations because of flooding.

In Ruidoso more than three inches of rain has fallen in just the last two days. The village is offering sandbags to prevent flooding. They’re really concerned about the burn scar from the Little Bear Fire.

The governor has declared a state of emergency in anticipation of what’s to come. That frees up $750,000 for cleanup and damages. Emergency crews and state police are on notice in case of problems.

Governor Martinez has also deployed the New Mexico National Guard to places like Deming, Silver City and Roswell to help if there is flooding. A black hawk has also been sent to Roswell and a four person crew including a medic is in the area to assist with any rescue operations. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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