Elephant Butte lake levels rising in time for summer

Posted at: 03/21/2014 6:43 PM
By: Jorge Torres, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Spring is finally here, and that means a lot of New Mexicans will be hitting up the lake, and for the first time in awhile, there's some good news for Elephant Butte.

The drought affected lake levels here over the past several years, but it's a whole new ballgame in 2014.

Alan Brown, Vice President of Operations for Lago Rico, Inc., says that water levels have come up and with that, the people that come out has increased dramatically.

Brown is ecstatic about what the higher water levels could mean to the area.

"So much of the economy is based on the fortunes of the lake. When people come to visit the lake, they visit the hot springs. They visit the motels and they frequent all of the businesses here so we're all looking forward to a better year this year," he stated.

The rain that flooded many parts of the state in September has helped lake levels rise more than 40 feet.

The last time Elephant Butte Lake had this much water was the last time the state of New Mexico had this much rain: 2006.

That was also the last time the butte had more than a million visitors.

Brown is hoping that the past repeats itself, along with visitors, whom are now ready for the snow runoff from Colorado to move south, which should come sometime later next month.