Some lose homes in Cloudcroft

Posted at: 09/16/2013 6:44 PM
By: Lauren Hansard, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Rain pounded the mountain town of Cloudcroft Sunday night, forcing people to evacuate.

The water was fast and furious. It came rushing down the canyon Sunday night in Cloudcroft, flooding an entire home.

For Polly Hickman, Sunday night will live forever in her memory as the night a wall of water destroyed her home.

“My home's gone," said Hickman.

Every inch of Polly’s home is covered in mud.  The living room, the kitchen, her daughter’s bedroom.

“It’s indescribable, everything's just a mess.  I just was glad we got out,” said Hickman.

Her family barely escaped.

“We grabbed the dogs, grabbed my girls, grabbed some clothes and ran," said Hickman.

“I guess it was probably three foot deep, maybe 30-40 feet across.  It looked like the Colorado River running through there," said neighbor Jack Pickle.

The wall of water covered the area in a foot of water.  Otero County Emergency Services Coordinator Paul Quairoli said the damage is extensive.

“They used an enclosed trailer for his business, construction business, that actually was moved physically 40 or 50 feet, just from the flow and pressure of the water,” said Quairoli.

A nightmare, one Polly never imagined.

“We’ve been here since 1999 and never thought it would do this," said Hickman.