Flood Clean-up in Ruidoso – news and video links

by Mary Weaver on August 5, 2008

Just a brief update on cleanup and rebuilding efforts in Ruidoso, after last weekend’s flood that hit the river areas of Upper Canyon, Hwy 70 campgrounds / RV parks, and the Ruidoso Downs Racetrack. Property owners who can provide proof of residence, have been allowed back in to their homes that were flooded, even though water and sewer services are out in some areas.

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Eagle Drive Bridge – one of several bridges destroyed in flood

See recent news stories on the cleanup efforts at: KOAT – Albuquerque

Officials from FEMA have been working in the Village to assess damage, and determine whether federal aid from FEMA will be available to help with repairs. Residents living in the Upper Canyon and Black Forest remain under a “boil water” advisory. Work to clear debris from the river and bridges is ongoing.

Ruidoso Downs Racetrack resumed operation this past weekend, after flood waters forced a brief closure.

Some campgrounds located north west of Ruidoso, mainly those near Bonito Lake, remain closed while clean up continues. Anyone planning to camp near Bonito Lake, may want to call the Smokey Bear Ranger District Office in Ruidoso at 505-257-4095. Most of the area private campgrounds, as well as those Forest Service areas outside of the Bonito Lake area are open.

For non-threatening emergencies and additional information, residents are encouraged to call the Flood Hotline at (575) 258-3482.

The Damage Assessment Center (Ruidoso Convention Center) is available to assist residents with reporting damage as a direct result of the flooding and is open from 8am-5pm. American Red Cross, City and County Assessors, Region VI Housing Authority, and Department of Agriculture are all present at the Center. The Center can be reached at (575) 937-3719.

Previous news, photos and video coverage on this story were posted on the Ruidoso Blog , included:

KOAT – Albuquerque News – flood information & video


YOU CAN HELP – Local Churches, Banks, and agencies such as the Red Cross are working to provide aid to those in need. Please visit this link for more details.

If you have questions or would like more specific information on Ruidoso, you may contact me here, or by email at mary@ruidoso-homes.com.

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