Gov. Martinez visits massively flooded Cinder Road area

Posted at: 09/14/2013 10:25 PM | Updated at: 09/14/2013 10:33 PM
By: Caleb James, KOB Eyewitness News 4 and Staff

Governor Martinez is spending Saturday night touring heavily flooded areas across New Mexico.

Martinez spent nearly an hour in Las Vegas, NM.

She toured Cinder Road in Las Vegas—meeting families displaced by the massive floods there.

Martinez says the health department will take a look at the drinking water quality, as the department of transportation works to fix roads.

“We do anticipate FEMA will be here in a couple of days and they will be assisting in assessing the damage that's already taken place,” Governor Martinez said.

Isaac Gold lives on the road Governor Martinez toured.

Gold is in the thick of the Las Vegas disaster in more ways than one.

“We are fixing up there right now,” Gold said.

He is part of the crew working to fix the Storrie Lake Distribution Channel that broke during the floods, and says the crews have been working all day.

Gold says crews will be back at it tomorrow.

KOB Eyewitness News 4 asked Martinez if there will be a state investigation into what happened at the channel.

“First thing we wanted to do was repair that levy so the water can be diverted into Storrie Lake. And then well figure out; there's plenty of time to figure out what happened that it did break,” Martinez said.

Martinez says the state engineer will be involved in that investigation.

“We're going to partner with the city of Las Vegas to see what repairs had been done in the past, what maintenance had taken place. Sometimes it's just an awful lot of water,” Martinez said.

Stay tuned to KOB Eyewitness News 4 and for more information on the flood situation.


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