Massive sandbags to create a makeshift dam have been airlifted in to protect the West Texas border town of Presidio from the swollen Rio Grande.
River levels seemed lower yesterday. Water receded a day after it was creeping toward populated areas of Presidio. The water came from a levee break on the eastern edge of the town of 5,000 people about 250 miles from El Paso.
The Rio Grande has been on the rise because of heavy rain and the forced release of water from a flood-stricken reservoir in Mexico.
Military choppers flew from the desert, down the levee and to a railroad trestle yesterday to deposit sandbags as tall as tractor tires at the base of the trestle. About 150 prisoners spent all night and most of Friday loading the bags by hand.