Burn scars cause of concern for Ruidoso residents

Posted at: 09/10/2013 9:48 PM
By: Lauren Hansard, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Worries about flooding near the burn scars are keeping people up in Ruidoso.  KOB Eyewitness News 4 talked to a man who lives right on the Little Bear fire burn scar.

The rain was coming down on Tuesday causing a creek normally dried up to flow with water.  The lack of vegetation on the mountain caused the water to run right down the canyon and into people’s yards.

Roy Lamay’s new house sits right on the burn scar.  He rebuilt in the same spot where he lost his home in the Little Bear fire last year.

“It was life changing.  We lost everything, we lost house, barns, shops, vehicles, just start over basically," said Lamay.

Now everytime it rains, Lamay has to worry about flooding at his home.

“When you get a fire and a burn scar, there’s no vegetation to hold it back.  The soil is real loose and it just comes, there’s nothing you can do about it," said Lamay.

A reminder of the devastating fire that destroyed 250 homes and buildings.

“You get 2-3 foot of water come down all at once," said Lamay.

Lamay said there’s nothing he can do to stop the flooding, and it’s not a threat that will go away anytime soon.

“And it won't end, 3-4 years down the road when the oak brush grows back, and you get a little bit of vegetation back in the hills it will slowly slow down. Until then you've just got to protect your property the best you can and live with it," said Lamay.

KOB did call the village of Ruidoso to see if they were working on any flood prevention.  We’re told the Ruidoso Fire Department is giving away sand bags to anyone who needs them.