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Severe flooding damages homes in Las Cruces neighborhood after heavy rains
By: Bill Melugin
LAS CRUCES, NM
A Las Cruces neighborhood is left with flooded homes and mud-covered roads after a powerful storm rolled through the area Friday night.
Residents who live near Longhorn Drive woke up to deep mud covering the street, along with severe flooding damage to multiple homes.
One of those homes belongs to Christy Allsup, who lives with her dogs and children. She told KFOX14 water began pouring out of her electrical sockets.
"My daughter woke me up about midnight and we had water coming in so she was really scared we were gonna get electrocuted," Allsup said. "It flooded my bathroom, my room and my rugs, all down my hall, and into my living room."
Allsup reports her utilities have been out since Saturday morning, meaning she has been living in the dark, with no air conditioning to battle the heat and humidity.
"My clothes, my blankets, everything that was stored in my closet is pretty much ruined," Allsup said. I had to rip out the carpet, it wouldn't drain, so I had to cut it out so the mildew wouldn't be in my carpet."
The outside of Allsup's home didn't fare much better.
"My mailbox was found about a block and a half down the road, in my neighbor's yard,"Allsup said. "I've been very sad all day, because this is my grandkids' house, and this is what they call home, and now it's been destroyed due to a disaster that all of us in the neighborhood have to deal with."
When KFOX14 arrived at the neighborhood, crews with tractors had already begun the process of removing massive amounts of mud from the road.
District Four Dona Ana County Commissioner Wayne Hancock was on the scene as well. He told KFOX14 he got a call at 8:30 a.m. that the neighborhood needed help.
"I got over here in about 30 minutes or so, the road was damaged and covered in 2 feet of soil," Hancock said.
Hancock spent much of his time making calls to the Red Cross in order to coordinate relief aid to the homeowners who had been affected.
"I see it as my job, these people are my constituents, and I care about them, and I'm just trying to make sure they get the services they deserve," Hancock said.
We're expecting more rain tonight, and my roof will not be fixed, so my house will be flooded again by tomorrow morning, so that's pretty disturbing for us here," Allsup said. "It's going to take a lot to recover from this."