Workers Continuing to Pull Debris Out of Pecos River

Workers Continuing to Pull Debris Out of Pecos River

by Justin Kree

NewsWest 9

PECOS - The clean up efforts are continuing along the Reeves-Ward County line. Workers are pulling 12-foot mounds of debris out of the Pecos River.

Pecos Mayor, Venetta Seals tells NewsWest 9, that the flooding has been on a 40 year cycle.

"The last big flood was in 1978. It seems to come in a 40-year cycle. There was another one in the early 40's and then in the early 1900's. It seems to come every 40 years or so. Hopefully, this will be the last one we'll see," Seals said.

Seals was proud and thankful of the different agencies pulling together this past week to help the residents of Pecos.

"With that one phone call to a certain agency, it just fans out to all the response agencies. It's been wonderful having all these people come in with their areas of expertise and equipment and other resources that they have," Seals said.

City officials have learned some things during the past week of flooding.

"The things we have seen that have happened throughout this event is, we can build berms and help divert the flow to keep it from coming towards Pecos," Seals said.

The Mayor says that overall, the danger seems to be in the past. She is proud of the residents of Pecos.

"We can't say thank you enough to the local people, whether they're a business, an individual or a church, they have come out providing food for these first responders. The responders said the hospitality here in Pecos has been awesome," Seals said.

The National Guard expects to be cleaning the debris out of the Pecos River all weekend.