Sunday, July 27, 2008

Remnants of Dolly flooding resort town, RV parks

Las Cruces Sun-News - Las Cruces,NM,USA
The remnants of Hurricane Dolly is wreaking havoc on the Village of Ruidoso in the Sacramento Mountains of New Mexico, as weekend rains have caused the worst flooding in more than 50 years in this pristine resort community located 150 miles north of El Paso.

The flooding was put into historical perspective by longtime residents.

"I've been here for over 30 years," said Fire Lieutenant Hart of the Village of Ruidoso Fire Department. "This is definitely as bad as the flood of 1981, and if we get any more rain at all, it will be the worst of my lifetime."

Flooding continued downstream eastward towards the Hondo Valley. The River Ranch RV Park located between Ruidoso Downs and Glencoe was partly submerged. Trailers and RV units were caught in the onrushing water, and some people were carrying out belongings and attempting to leave.

Three propane tanks exploded at River Ranch.

Downstream, another RV Park, Deer Crossing, was threatened by rising waters. But as of noon Sunday, all units were still on dry ground.
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