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Event Details

Event Flood
-- Flood Cause Heavy Rain / Tropical System
County/Area LINCOLN
Report Source NWS Storm Survey
NCDC Data Source CSV
Begin Date 2008-07-26 23:30:00.0 MST-7
Begin Location 2SW HOLLYWOOD
Begin Lat/Lon 33.3057/-105.6541
End Date 2008-07-28 04:00:00.0 MST-7
End Location 3WSW RUIDOSO
End Lat/Lon 33.3087/-105.7214
Deaths Direct/Indirect 1/0 (fatality details below, when available...)
Injuries Direct/Indirect 0/0
Property Damage 25.00M
Crop Damage 0.00K
Episode Narrative Former hurricane Dolly brought tropical moisture into New Mexico, dumping up to seven inches of rain around Ruidoso. This caused the Rio Ruidoso and Rio Bonito to rise well above flood stage and resulted in widespread and serious flooding around Ruidoso.
Event Narrative Widespread, serious flooding occurred from the upper canyon of the Rio Ruidoso downstream through the towns of Ruidoso, Hollywood and Ruidoso Downs as far east as Fox Caves. Flooding also occurred along the Rio Bonito from the dam at Bonito Lake downstream to State Road 48. Flooding was extensive in Ruidoso, not only along the Rio Ruidoso, Cedar Creek and other small streams, but also throughout the town from the 6 to 7 inches of rainfall that fell there. One man was killed when we was swept away by the raging Rio Ruidoso, but no other substantial injuries were reported. A total of 500 structures, including campers and mobile homes were damaged. Around 200 houses were damaged, and some were completely destroyed. At least 13 bridges were washed out and several cars were washed downstream. Several dozen recreational vehicles and campers were damaged at an RV park at Ruidoso Downs.

Event Fatality Details

Type Age Gender Fatality Location
Death (Direct) 20 Male Outside/Open Areas


All events for this episode:

Location County/Zone St. Date Time T.Z. Type Mag Dth Inj PrD CrD
Totals: 1 0 25.000M 0.00K
HOLLYWOOD LINCOLN CO. NM 07/26/2008 23:30 MST-7 Flood 1 0 25.000M 0.00K
Totals: 1 0 25.000M 0.00K