Socorro (and Vicinity), NM Cloudburst Flooding, July 1895

MAD RUSH OF WATERS -- LEVES LOST IN FLOODS OF NEW MEXICO.

TWO SUBURBS OF SOCORRO SWEPT BY WAVES AND MANY PERISHED.

Socorro, N. Mex., July 31. -- Late yesterday afternoon a heavy rain from the east met a cloud from the west near Snake ranch, eight miles from Socorro. A wave twenty feet high came down the arroyo and submerged Chihuahua and Guba, two small suburbs, washing down houses and rushing through others. The arroyo also broke at Spring Street and in the north part of town left women and children struggling in the water. Several drowned bodies, one man and six children, were recovered, with several more missing.
There were many narrow escapes. MRS. A. MAYER and mother were washed away by the waves, but were rescued. The family of H. HILTON and many others were saved with difficulty. Forty houses are down, with a hundred more that will fall and others badly damaged. The water is three feet deep and all the principal streets are strewn with furniture and large boulders. Little damage was done to stores, except to cellars and foundations. Crops and gardens were washed away, and from Polvadera to Lemitar the low lands are flooded four feet deep. About a mile of track is damaged on the main line of the Santa Fe railroad and eight miles on the Magdalena branch and several bridges are washed away. The water main of the Socorro Water Company is badly damaged and no drinking water is to be had. Hundreds of people are in distress. The damage to the town is estimated at $700,000.

San Francisco Call California 1895-08-01