LAKEWOOD, N.M. (KRQE) - Disastrous flood damage remains all over the state. Many people are still trapped in their towns or can't get back in.
Lakewood evacuees were allowed back into their RV park over the weekend, but it quickly became clear it was too dangerous to let them stay.
"Sunday they told us we could go home and we all said, 'Yay,' " said Lakewood resident Elizabeth Evelyn.
But that excitement didn't last long.
As residents returned, most found their RV's covered in mud. Other RV's were trapped in 4 feet of water.
Evelyn, 82, says her RV was too damaged to even pull out of the park.
"There was debris, bushes and tree limbs and things like that all around the flooded area," she said.
Today, roads leading into the park are still off limits.
The Eddy County Road Department is working non-stop to clear the piled dirt off the streets and fill in the erosion.
Emergency officials say it could be at least another two weeks before it's safe for Lakewood residents to live at their former RV camp.
In the meantime, many residents say they've found a new home.
About 15 Lakewood residents are now living at the Eddy County Fairgrounds.
"If each of us were alone, I think we would be far less happy than we are," said Evelyn. "But we are family. We call ourselves the ranch family. That's who we are."
Others have relocated to Brantley Lake and Bottomless Lakes, but most say they'll be back.
"Sometimes it looks like a flock of quail. You know, we spread out, but we all come back to home," said Lakewood resident Wally Mauck.
Emergency officials say they are still assessing the damage in the Lakewood area.
They say electricity has been restored and they hope to open the park in early October.
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