Helicopter crew rescues Artesia residents from flood

Posted at: 09/12/2013 11:21 AM | Updated at: 09/12/2013 6:17 PM
By: Lauren Hansard, KOB Eyewitness News 4

ARTESIA -- Rain flooded SKP RV Park south of Artesia, leaving the people living there with no way out.

Local runoff from storms caused the camp to be surrounded by water on all sides.

Sixty residents were airlifted from the camp, three at a time. Altogeher, 73 people were evacuated. KOB Eyewitness News 4 was there when the residents arrived on safe ground.

One evacuee said it was an uncomfortable journey. "My husband had surgery last weekend. They evacuated the medical people first.  He would have rather stayed in our rig, laying on the bed.  He's quite uncomfortable in the bus now," Marg Schinke said.

The evacuees were placed on buses and sent to Carlsbad, where the Red Cross has set up an evacuation center.

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