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New Mexico business leader prepares for worst before possible flooding

RUIDOSO, NM – People brace for flooding in South Ruidoso, especially near the McBride Fire burn scar.

More sandbags can be seen along Gavilan Canyon Road, and it’s not just homes getting ready, businesses in the area are also piling up sandbags.

“Last year we had rain, the parking lot was flooded and we had six to eight inches of stinky black mud and it was really, really bad. So this year I decided I didn’t want to deal with the stinky black mud anymore, so I went and got some sandbags,” said Teresa Jameson, director of Bear Essentials.

A year later, people can still see the mud stain on the panel out front, where there was so much mud that the ditch was level with the road.

“Walking in that direction I was ankle deep, yes it was disgusting,” Jameson said.

So far, the village has not experienced any major flooding, but there has been some debris runoff further up Gavilan Canyon Road.

“I’m really scared there’s still a flood here,” Jameson said.

She therefore prepares for the worst and hopes that the water will not reach her store.

“I don’t know if it’s going to work or not, but I’ll give it a try,” Jameson said.

The village had a break from the rain on Wednesday morning, but just after noon thunderstorms arrived and it has been raining intermittently since.