Family in Eddy County loses home from flooding

Posted at: 09/17/2013 6:52 PM
By: Lauren Hansard, KOB Eyewitness News 4



People evacuated from a southeastern New Mexico RV park won’t be able to go back to the park for weeks.

Chopper 4 was the only news chopper to fly over Lakewood last Friday.  KOB Eyewitness News 4 was there as helicopter rescue teams came in to save 63 people stranded there.

KOB 4 tried to stop by the RV park again Tuesday to see how the cleanup is going, but crews wouldn’t let KOB 4 anywhere near it.  Officials told us the park will be closed until October 1.

Most of the RVs have been temporarily moved to other locations.

The flood also destroyed several homes close to the RV park.  A nearby property was setting in four feet of water.  The woman living there had to be rescued by a boat.  Now, the devastation is setting in.

James Genzling and his wife learned how life can change in an instant.

“We’re just trying to see what we can salvage.  The house is basically a loss, we’ve got mud all through the house and everything, start over again," said Genzling.

On the day of the flood, James was out of town, leaving his wife home alone and stranded.

“Bob came down here, and got my little aluminum boat and took her out by boat.  He waded, pulling her along, and all of our dogs were swimming along behind," said Genzling.

If it wasn’t for their neighbor Bob, James said things could have been a lot worse.

“If he hadn't gotten her out, if they would have waited another 30 or 45 minutes, she would have been trapped in here," said Genzling.

Four of their goats were lost in the flood.  The survivors could be seen on higher ground.  Now James is collecting their belongings strewn across the property.  Some aren’t worth saving.

“I keep looking at it and sometimes I want to sit and cry, and sometimes I just get mad and want to throw things, and then most of the time I just pick up and continue seeing what I can clean," said Genzling.