Flooding forces residents of Las Vegas to evacuate
Posted at: 09/13/2013 10:30 PM
By: Ryan Luby, KOB Eyewitness News 4
Live in a place that's used to a lot of rain, and this would be no big deal.
Live in Las Vegas, New Mexico, hit hard with a drought, and the torrent just causes trouble.
So much trouble, in fact, that Matthew Serna might have to leave his home, because just down the block there's one big concern. The water may come over the bridge.
Just up the road, the channel to Storrie Lake was bridged. A critical component, mayor Alfonso Ortiz said, that could have held some of the water back, not to mention divert it to a lake that deperatley needs it.
"It's spreading out to properties, private properties, but eventually going back to the river -- back to the Gallinas River," Ortiz said.
It's also in backyards.
"This morning, it was up to that first tree line. Then about 10:00, it was up to our driveway right here," Anthony Marquez said.
Marquez already watched some of his neighbors leave. Now, he's thinking about it too.
"We're already packed, we're ready to leave, but we're just waiting," Marquez said.
The fact is, there's too much water for a city like this to handle. Too much, all at once.
Until the rain lets up, until crews can replace what's lost, some homes will remain off limits.
And some lives will just not be the same.