Ruidoso – New Mexico National Guard troops have joined state workers helping restore water service to communities east of Alamogordo that lost service because of gas outages.
Members of a Guard company from Roswell have been deployed to assist in the effort in Ruidoso. About 1,900 homes still were without water Saturday.
Service to Timberon and Cloudcroft has been restored except for two homes. A pipeline that carries water from Bonita Lake to Alamogordo is out of service but efforts are being made to get it back online.
A boil water advisory remains in effect for communities that have had water service restored.
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