Day 4 of Flooding Brings More Agencies in to Help, Expecting the Worst to Come

Day 4 of Flooding Brings More Agencies in to Help, Expecting the Worst to Come

by Kim Powell

NewsWest 9

PECOS - It's a multi-agency battle against Mother Nature in Pecos.

"DPS is bringing in two different crews. They are also bringing in two black hawks with rescue swimmers and two boats that will have crews with them," Venetta Seals, the Mayor of Pecos said in a media briefing late Monday evening.

Fourteen personnel from Homeland Security will be setting up at the high school gym parking lot.

"Red Cross has been vital and as we see more flooding coming in, we do see more people possibly being evacuated to the shelter," Seals said.

Even though the river has not crested yet, crews were still busy Monday working around the clock to find a way to clear the debris and keep people safe. Two people even had to be rescued.

"They were trying to stay in place with kind of a limited amount of food, but they were eventually rescued and were brought into town and I believe they are with family now," Seals said.

The river is expected to crest in the middle of the day on Tuesday, and a second wave will hit later this week.

"We're looking at a higher elevation of water definitely on that second wave," Seals said.

But the City of Pecos is keeping a positive attitude while hoping for the best, and expecting the worst.

"Coordination and everyone working positive at this point, I know we're all getting tired, but if we can just continue to do this it's going to make the whole process go a lot easier," Seals said.