Created: 10/07/2013 6:39 PM
By: Lauren Hansard, KOB Eyewitness News 4
For people at one RV park in Eddy County, life is slowly getting back to normal after floodwaters forced an evacuation last month.
KOB Eyewitness News 4 went to the park, where people are still digging out and counting their losses.
It was a dramatic helicopter escape, as over 60 of the camp’s residents were airlifted to safety.
Russell Loomis recalls that day.
“That was an experience. Never, never again," said Loomis.
Russell said the highlight was making the front page of the newspaper. KOB’s cameras were rolling as Russell was brought to safety. That was on September 12th. It wasn’t until September 28th that Russell could return home.
“It's great to be back here, great," said Loomis.
The SKP RV park is still recovering. Residents like the Gilberts are still putting their properties back together.
“We have to fill in all the dirt and gravel that's missing that got washed away,” said Kathy Gilbert.
And then, there were the personal losses.
“All our books, and photo albums, and memorabilia from our house are all ruined. Full of mud and we had to throw it out. So, we lost a lot even though we weren't here," said Gilbert.
Despite the damage, Kathy calls herself lucky. It just so happens, the day of the flood she wasn’t in the park, and neither was her RV.
“I think I would have been homeless because this is my home. I live in it full time. It would have been devastating," said Gilbert.