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An automobile rests off of N. Sycamore on Thursday after being swept away by the raging flood waters of Berrendo Creek during Wednesday's monsoon rains.

Officials, residents assess flood damage

September 12, 2013 • Local News

An automobile rests off of N. Sycamore on Thursday after being swept away by the raging flood waters of Berrendo Creek during Wednesday’s monsoon rains. (Mark Wilson Photo)

Residents, businesses, farmers and local officials assessed damage across Roswell Thursday following the flash flooding of Berrendo Creek.

But as water continued to wash through drainage ditches, the Pecos River nearby breached its banks and began slowly flooding pastures.

“We’ve got almost three times as much water as the banks will contain,” said Chaves County Flood Control Superintendent Dick Smith. “They’re going to have problems on down the river.”

Eight homes were evacuated early on River Road, displacing more families. A shelter, set up by the county Wednesday night for homeowners of a subdivision off West Country Club that was cut off by flooding, was kept open to accommodate additional residents in need of assistance.

Total rainfall was estimated at 5.2 inches in the area southwest of Roswell as of Wednesday night. In town, areas received 4-6 inches, Smith Login to read more

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