Mexico floods kills 50 horses and nightwatchman (MX)

By MARY CUDDEHE, Associated Press Writer, 26 Aug 08
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    MEXICO CITY — Heavy rains have killed at least 50 horses at a Mexico City equestrian club and the 71-year-old watchman who tried to save them, officials said Tuesday.

    A Monday night storm sent mud and floodwaters spilling through the La Barranca horse club, trapping many of the horses in their stalls, said Mexico State emergency director Arturo Vilchis. At least 50 of the horses drowned.

    Night watchman Emilio Campos died while trying to save the animals, Vilchis said.

    The equestrian club is located at the end of a tree-lined cobblestone road in a wealthy neighborhood on the edge of Mexico City.

    By Tuesday afternoon, the waters had receded and 10 horses milled about a large, muddy corral. Workers lifted the carcasses of the dead animals with a bulldozer and carried them away in large trucks. Neighbors, meanwhile, swept mud and debris from their own homes.

    The club owners declined to talk to reporters.

    Manuel Heiblum, 54, who lives nearby, said he saw ranch workers desperately working to keep the floodwaters at bay. “I saw a huge amount of water. Rivers and rivers of water.

    “Obviously, the water won.”
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    Associated Press Photographs/ALEXANDRE MENEGHINI

    A dead horse is carried away while others lie dead at La Barranca horse club in Mexico City, Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2008. Heavy rains have killed at least 50 horses at a Mexico City equestrian club and the 71-year-old watchman who tried to save them, officials said Tuesday.

    Drowned Horses Mexico City Flood-Photo AP Alexandre Meneghini

    Drowned Horses Mexico City Flood-Photo AP Alexandre Meneghini

    Drowned Horses Mexico City Flood-Photo AP Alexandre Meneghini

    Rest in Peace, Emilio Campios, and our sincerest condolences to his family and friends.

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