Damage extensive as NM battles flooding

Damage extensive as NM battles flooding

CARLSBAD, N.M. (KRQE) – No part of New Mexico is getting hammered quite like the southeastern part of the state.

Some residents in the Carlsbad area have been dealing with evacuations and the constant fear is the Pecos River is going to pour into town and turn it into a lake.

Pieces of bridges are washing away and at one point, people were forced out of their homes.

The question on everyone’s mind Tuesday morning is what’s next.

There’s not much Eddy County and the city of Carlsbad haven’t encountered this week after heavy rain

Many people who’ve lived in Carlsbad for years are saying this is the worst flooding they’ve seen in a decade.

“I’ve never seen it so many days, you know, one after another,” said Carlsbad resident Frank Huereqe.

From flooded intersections to damaged bridges and swift water rescues, the heavy rain and flooding in Carlsbad is doing a lot of damage. People say it hasn’t been this bad since 2004.

Jennica Granger’s home near the Bataan Recreation Area along the Pecos was about to flood when police knocked on their door Monday and told her family to get out fast. Luckily, the water stopped right at the edge of the homes in their neighborhood.

Damage is obvious at two bridges in Carlsbad. Both are only a couple of years old and now they’re closed indefinitely. The San Jose Boulevard Bridge is a missing about 150 feet of sidewalk and Callaway Bridge is badly damaged, and no longer level.

The clean-up can’t start until the water recedes and emergency managers say that could be a while.

West of Carlsbad, on White Sands Missile Range, floodwaters look like a bubbling geyser. There’s water over White Sands Road, a lot of debris and big rocks, which is making the drive treacherous. The drainage ditches area also overflowing and a bulldozer was brought in to clear the mud and debris.

In Silver City, water flowed over one roadway, and up north in Cimarron, residents did all they could to protect their homes from rushing water and mud. Dump trucks delivered sand for sandbags to help block the water from entering homes and businesses.

The Cimarron police chief told KRQE News 13 they had between 5-10 inches or rain in about a three-hour period.

Officials are still working on the final rain totals.

The city of Pecos, Texas, is also preparing for mandatory evacuations as flood waters sweep through the city.

A storm system is filling the Red Bluff Reservoir at a rapid rate, sending water into the Pecos River.

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