Northern NM town dealing with storm aftermath

Posted at: 09/19/2013 8:21 AM
Updated at: 09/19/2013 8:25 AM
By: Nikki Ibarra, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Flood waters reached as high as five feet in some areas of Hernandez.
Flood waters reached as high as five feet in some areas of Hernandez.
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The small town of Hernandez, just north of Espanola, is dealing with the aftermath of Wednesday's storm.

KOB Eyewitness News 4 learned the Rio Chama River flooded yesterday, filling more than a dozen homes with water and mud.

Authorities said water was as high as five feet in some places.

Residents spent the day sweeping water that flooded their living room and kitchen. They told KOB they need all the help they can get.

"If anybody wants to donate not just to myself, my other neighbors got flooded too. Volunteers, if you want to come out, help," resident Esteban Gallegos said.

The American Red cross set up an emergency center at the Beatrice Martinez Senior Center in Española to help northern New Mexico residents affected by flooding. The center is located on Vietnam Veterans Memorial Plaza.

Emergency crews from northern New Mexico will be in Hernandez and neighboring towns to help on Thursday.