Watrous, NM River Flooding, Oct 1904

THREE VILLAGES NEARLY WIPED OUT BY RAGING WATERS.

TOWNS OF WATROUS, VALENCIA AND LOS LENTES, NEW MEXICO, PRACTICALLY WASHED AWAY.

TWELVE KNOWN TO BE DEAD.

Las Vegas, N.M., Oct. 2. -- At least twelve persons have perished in the flood which has destroyed more than half the town of Watrous. Distressing reports also come from all the surrounding country. Los Lentes and Valencia were nearly wiped out.
Among those whose lives were lost at Watrous were:
Three children of J. E. STEVENS.
FELIX WILLIRAEL, his wife and two sisters and several children.
O. F. PORTER.
J. E. STEVENS and his wife escaped and have been brought here. They are in a critical condition. Many persons were rescued from trees and housetops.
The greatest damage was around the junction of Mora and Sapello Creeks. The rock crusher, the great iron bridge and much track at Watrous were washed away.

St. Louis Republic Missouri 1904-10-03