Zoo officials had emergency plan in place for storm

Posted at: 07/29/2013 6:10 PM
By: Erica Zucco, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Video shows chaos erupting at the Isleta Ampitheater Friday night. People screamed while pushing through exits and staff struggled to keep order.

Miles away at the Biopark was another hectic scene.

"Limbs weren't just falling they were flying across the park," director Rick Janser said.

Luckily the zoo had a plan in place.

"We got everybody into the restaurant, sea lions, on the stage, everywhere safe -- and then we didn't let them back into the park, we made them leave all their belongings there and then they were able to pick them up when we were open on Sunday," Janser said.

The zoo says despite a few injuries, the plan worked well.

"You can never anticipate the severity of something like this so we do the best we can with our plans and practicing and drills and it seems to pay off in this case," Janser said.