Heavy rains flood Vado area neighborhood
POSTED: Thursday, August 15, 2013 - 8:26pm
UPDATED: Thursday, August 15, 2013 - 8:54pm
VADO, N.M. — Wednesday night's storms ounded the region causing damage in some area including Vado where residents were forced to leave their homes in the middle of the storm after heavy flood waters washed through their properties.
A car stuck halfway up in mud, a fence almost buried and a trash container completely on it's side were some of the remains after heavy rains washed down the mountain and threatened a small neighborhood along Interstate-10.
"It was a lot of water," said Maria Salazar.
Residents said it was a lot of water that prompted officials to knock on neighbors doors at about 7:30 p.m. telling them to evacuate.
Salazar said she and her family got out as quickly as they could and as they tried to get in the cars and seek shelter she said they feared for their lives.
"I tried to get out but the water was very strong," she said.
With the rushing water, Salazar even had a snake wash up on her leg.
Her family were taken to a shelter to spend the night after a total of 24 people were left without a home and were assisted by the Red Cross.
Red Cross officials said they helped provide food and shelter and were on the ground with volunteers within minutes of first being requested.
Even with the help and support of neighbors spirits are running low after almost losing everything for the second time within a month.
A similar storms forced residents to evacuate in late July.
"We are looking for somewhere to go but we don't have anywhere or money," Salazar said.
To make matters worse their mobile homes are now two feet deep in mud.
"We just want help," Salazar pleaded.
Residents are slowing make their way back home Thursday night after power was restored earlier in the day.