PECOS, N.M. (KRQE) - Up north in the mountains east of Santa Fe, the usually quiet Pecos River was raging Friday threatening homes and bridges.
As water came crashing through the forest, it carried a lot of debris, much of it from a recent wildfire.
While similar flooding has happened, residents along the Pecos River say this is the worst they’ve ever seen.
“This is probably the worst out of the other two,” said Frank Lujan.
Living in the El Macho area along the Pecos River, Frank and his family members woke up early Friday morning to a field of water rushing right up to their front door. Some of the water reached their porches washing stuff away and even destroying a well house.
“It's devastating. We were warned because of the fires that took place in Tres Lagunas that this may happen, but we didn't think it was going to be this severe,” said Maria Lujan Sena, who also lives along the Pecos River.
Extra water and debris rolling off hills in the Pecos Canyon have given less clearance under private bridges, causing log jams that could be destructive, according to emergency managers.
“The breakout of that debris coming down the river, it could bring massive amounts of logs and other kind of debris in addition to the water which will do additional damage,” said Bobb Barnes, spokesman for Pecos Valley Fire.
A few homes have seen mild flooding with a few inches of water inside. However, Pecos Valley Fire says it hasn't had to rescue anyone yet, and no evacuations have been ordered. Crews are still anxiously waiting for the worst though.
“There's just not a lot we can do to offset the damage which is happened or that might happen,” said Barnes.
While hoping the water levels will fall, residents say its an unsettling time.
“They keep predicting more and more rain a which obviously is going to put more danger on our cabin and my brothers as well,” said Maria.
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