Otero County works to recover

Otero County works to recover

There are 13 comments on the Alamogordo Daily News story from Jul 28, 2008, titled Otero County works to recover. In it, Alamogordo Daily News reports that:

Roadways washing out, vehicles floating away, fender benders and rocks falling were giving local police and emergency personnel something to do over the weekend.

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my2sense from alamogordo

Albuquerque, NM

#1 Jul 29, 2008
Headline says "county works to recover" and yet the article turns into a PR piece for the city. Typical.

PinkFloyd

“Valkyrie”

Since: Feb 08

Alamogordo

#2 Jul 29, 2008
Can you imagine how bad the flooding would have been without the flood control project? Now they just need to complete phase 5.

“Hot and bothered”

Since: May 08

Algodones, NM

#3 Jul 29, 2008
my2sense from alamogordo wrote:
Headline says "county works to recover" and yet the article turns into a PR piece for the city. Typical.
Wow, dig, dig
but at least you read the whole thing.

Since: Feb 08

Modesto, CA

#4 Jul 29, 2008
In case anyone is interested, the Ruidoso flood was a news item in Sacramento, CA. The TV station aired a short video of a cabin floating downstream and being crushed when the stream turned and the cabin didn't.

As far as this article being a PR piece for the city, I think that it just shows that year after year of floods that are as predictable as the months of July and August on the calendar and the City is still not prepared for the water. The Big Ditch is not doing everything, and probably needs more work. Low areas flood every year and probably should be looked at for some changes to the drainage provided. And don't even mention potholes. There are tons in dry weather and the wet weather only shows them up in a big way, taking out whatever was left under the pothole.

PinkFloyd

“Valkyrie”

Since: Feb 08

Alamogordo

#5 Jul 29, 2008
Ron Jeske wrote:
In case anyone is interested, the Ruidoso flood was a news item in Sacramento, CA. The TV station aired a short video of a cabin floating downstream and being crushed when the stream turned and the cabin didn't.
As far as this article being a PR piece for the city, I think that it just shows that year after year of floods that are as predictable as the months of July and August on the calendar and the City is still not prepared for the water. The Big Ditch is not doing everything, and probably needs more work. Low areas flood every year and probably should be looked at for some changes to the drainage provided. And don't even mention potholes. There are tons in dry weather and the wet weather only shows them up in a big way, taking out whatever was left under the pothole.
If the Big Ditch wasn't doing it's job, Mountain View Middle School would be under water. I have pictures of how much water the basin held this time. It kept most flood prone areas safe this time. The only areas that really had a problem was were phase 5 has not been done. It wasn't in the city's projection. If people living in those areas would demand that they are covered, phase 5 would get funded.

“"Just 'cuz I can"”

Since: Feb 08

Alamogordo, NM

#6 Jul 29, 2008
there is flood project?
I didn't have any problems early Sunday afternoon when I went down Dog Canyon Rd. Just drove a little slower. Yeah, there was lots and lots of water over the road.

PinkFloyd

“Valkyrie”

Since: Feb 08

Alamogordo

#7 Jul 29, 2008
Leprachan wrote:
there is flood project?
I didn't have any problems early Sunday afternoon when I went down Dog Canyon Rd. Just drove a little slower. Yeah, there was lots and lots of water over the road.
They said Dog Canyon Rd. ABOVE the fire station was inpassable.
earth-bound misfit

Tularosa, NM

#8 Jul 29, 2008
Dog Canyon Rd. only had real problems where Taylor Ranch Rd. meets it. As usual, it washed out the pavement on Dog Canyon where it jumped across at Taylor Ranch. The culvert couldn't handle the volumne of water, the water crossed Dog Canyon on the top and washed out the pavement. Seems like it just wanted to go where it used to go before they paved it and put in a culvert. The remainder of Dog Canyon Rd. was just overflow from the bar ditch on the north side to the bar ditch on the south side with some minor dirt and debris mixed in. I guess Leprechaun wasn't the guy in the little pickup who went bailing through the water on Dog Canyon at a jillion miles an hour and drowned his motor :)

The SO had a reserve unit posted by the railroad tracks warning people the road was water-covered. The volunteers at the fire dept. were filling sand-bags and standing by in case they were needed in the area. Don't see what else they could've done at that time.

I listened to alot of the traffic on my scanner and it seems most of our service organizations did the best they could under the circumstances. They used what they learned two years ago. Kudo's to the SO for the evacuations they did up around Tulie. DPS did a good job re-routing traffic around the problem areas and none of the closed roads were closed very long.

The silly people out on the south end of Florida were the funny ones. All the pavement's gone for the resurfacing project. When it's wet, you don't drive on clay. Some of the vehicles, including 4WD's, just barely made it through and tore up the roadbed while they were at it. Looked like hogs on ice. Had a couple of people get stuck there, too. I have a 4WD but I stayed on the pavement when I went to look around Sunday afternoon after the sun came out.

And I stayed away from the areas that had real problems, like Diablo Dr., Scenic/Florida and Dog Canyon/Taylor Ranch. Offered to pull out a gal stuck in the mud but she said her husband was on the way.

It was all quite interesting and our local services did pretty good from what I saw and heard.

PinkFloyd

“Valkyrie”

Since: Feb 08

Alamogordo

#9 Jul 29, 2008
earth-bound misfit wrote:
Dog Canyon Rd. only had real problems where Taylor Ranch Rd. meets it. As usual, it washed out the pavement on Dog Canyon where it jumped across at Taylor Ranch. The culvert couldn't handle the volumne of water, the water crossed Dog Canyon on the top and washed out the pavement. Seems like it just wanted to go where it used to go before they paved it and put in a culvert. The remainder of Dog Canyon Rd. was just overflow from the bar ditch on the north side to the bar ditch on the south side with some minor dirt and debris mixed in. I guess Leprechaun wasn't the guy in the little pickup who went bailing through the water on Dog Canyon at a jillion miles an hour and drowned his motor :)
The SO had a reserve unit posted by the railroad tracks warning people the road was water-covered. The volunteers at the fire dept. were filling sand-bags and standing by in case they were needed in the area. Don't see what else they could've done at that time.
I listened to alot of the traffic on my scanner and it seems most of our service organizations did the best they could under the circumstances. They used what they learned two years ago. Kudo's to the SO for the evacuations they did up around Tulie. DPS did a good job re-routing traffic around the problem areas and none of the closed roads were closed very long.
The silly people out on the south end of Florida were the funny ones. All the pavement's gone for the resurfacing project. When it's wet, you don't drive on clay. Some of the vehicles, including 4WD's, just barely made it through and tore up the roadbed while they were at it. Looked like hogs on ice. Had a couple of people get stuck there, too. I have a 4WD but I stayed on the pavement when I went to look around Sunday afternoon after the sun came out.
And I stayed away from the areas that had real problems, like Diablo Dr., Scenic/Florida and Dog Canyon/Taylor Ranch. Offered to pull out a gal stuck in the mud but she said her husband was on the way.
It was all quite interesting and our local services did pretty good from what I saw and heard.
I too noticed all the agencies working together while listening to the scanner. Too often people want to slam our public services and don't see how well they work under pressure.

Isn't it funny how man can not re-route a NATURAL arroyo??(any contractors listening to mother earth?...doubt it)
Opinioness

United States

#10 Jul 29, 2008
Ron Jeske wrote:
In case anyone is interested, the Ruidoso flood was a news item in Sacramento, CA. The TV station aired a short video of a cabin floating downstream and being crushed when the stream turned and the cabin didn't.
As far as this article being a PR piece for the city, I think that it just shows that year after year of floods that are as predictable as the months of July and August on the calendar and the City is still not prepared for the water. The Big Ditch is not doing everything, and probably needs more work. Low areas flood every year and probably should be looked at for some changes to the drainage provided. And don't even mention potholes. There are tons in dry weather and the wet weather only shows them up in a big way, taking out whatever was left under the pothole.
How would you know how if the big ditch is working if you live in Cali? With all the rain that came down, I would say it fared pretty well compared to the damage done a few years ago. The big ditch is still under construction, so if it is not "doing everything" perhaps it is because it is not not yet, but I wouldn't expect you to know that being all the way in California.
Hmmmm

United States

#11 Jul 29, 2008
Ron Jeske wrote:
In case anyone is interested, the Ruidoso flood was a news item in Sacramento, CA. The TV station aired a short video of a cabin floating downstream and being crushed when the stream turned and the cabin didn't.
As far as this article being a PR piece for the city, I think that it just shows that year after year of floods that are as predictable as the months of July and August on the calendar and the City is still not prepared for the water. The Big Ditch is not doing everything, and probably needs more work. Low areas flood every year and probably should be looked at for some changes to the drainage provided. And don't even mention potholes. There are tons in dry weather and the wet weather only shows them up in a big way, taking out whatever was left under the pothole.
Most of the areas mentioned are not even in the city limits, so therefore the Big Ditch project does not apply.

PinkFloyd

“Valkyrie”

Since: Feb 08

Alamogordo

#12 Jul 30, 2008
Hmmmm wrote:
<quoted text>
Most of the areas mentioned are not even in the city limits, so therefore the Big Ditch project does not apply.
But this time you didn't hear of Abbott flooding. The Big Ditch prevented that from happening.
Opinioness

United States

#13 Jul 31, 2008
PinkFloyd wrote:
<quoted text>
But this time you didn't hear of Abbott flooding. The Big Ditch prevented that from happening.
That's what I meant when I said what I said.

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