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TX dam threat subsides

Only a handful of El Paso residents remained evacuated Saturday as officials said the threat from a nearby dam is no longer imminent.

BY HEATHER MOYER | EL PASO, Texas | August 5, 2006

Only a handful of El Paso residents remained evacuated Saturday as officials said the threat from a nearby dam is no longer imminent.

Oo Friday, engineers warned that an an eroding dam in Mexico could be breached and send a wave of six million gallons of water into parts of El Paso. More than 1,500 people were evaucated.

The dam in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, is on the Rio Grande River. The evacuated residents were allowed to return home Friday evening.

Now city officials are worried about more rain. A week full of heavy rains caused flooding and mudslides around El Paso and in Mexico. Damage totals to homes and businesses are not yet available, but some officials are saying they could reach several hundred million dollars.

More than six inches of rain fell in the El Paso region since July 28 - compared to the only three inches total that fell between January 1 and July 28. The amount received this week pushes the area over its normal rainfall total for the year.


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