Ruidoso community remains vigilant under flood watch

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LINCOLN COUNTY, N.M. – Lincoln County is under a flood watch until Wednesday, and that includes the McBride Fire burn scar. 

Ruidoso crews are trying to help people get prepared for potential flooding. They’re filling up and passing out sandbags to anyone who lives near the McBride Fire burn scar, since their properties are most at risk. 

Lincoln County crews are already working to add more drainage and culverts to ease that risk, hoping to give some folks peace of mind. 

“I’m not really concerned about it, I’m really enjoying the rain here because we’ve been so long in the drought situation, and I have noticed that we are cleaning up after the fire the land is coming back a little bit and all the ashes being washed away. Hopefully, it continues in this mild manner for the next few days,” said Bob Kirk. 

But it remains to be seen if the recent rain in Ruidoso will continue to be beneficial – or disastrous. 

Village officials say they haven’t had many issues with the light showers, especially around the burn scar – but they are definitely worried about what could come by morning if they see torrential downpours.