40 Dead, 30 Missing In Northern Mexico Storm
CHIHUAHUA CITY, Mexico (AP) _ New rains drenched this flooded state capital today after its heaviest storm in 90 years. Authorities said at least 40 people were killed in the inundation and more than 5,000 forced to flee their homes.
The Red Cross said another 30 people were missing.
The storm, which hit Saturday night, dumped more than five inches of rain in the area around Chihuahua City, about 200 miles south of El Paso, Texas.
Authorities feared that the Chihuahua and Chuviscas dams would overflow. Firefighters, police and army troops were evacuating neighborhoods near them.
More than 350 homes were destroyed and 1,000 damaged, said Gov. Fernando Baeza Melendez. About 60 neighborhoods were without running water, he said.
He declared an emergency in the area around the Chihuahua state capital, a city of about 600,000.
State government spokesman Jesus Dominguez said 5 percent of the capital was without electricity.
Red Cross radio dispatcher Heriberto Perez said water lay in some places between four and nine feet deep.
Angel Alvarez Gomez, a weather service forecaster, was quoted by the government news agency Notimex as saying the storms dumped more than five inches of water in the area around the capital.
He called it Chihuahua’s heaviest downpour in 90 years.
Rain was forecast to continue for several days.