Water floods Algodones homes

Created: 07/23/2014 10:13 PM
By: Erica Zucco, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Some Algodones residents face heavy cleanup after water flooded their homes Wednesday. Firefighters even helped to pump out water at some homes, including that of Fela Romero.

"Oh, when my son was walking over there, it came up to here, his knee," Romero said.

Water didn't reach much of Romero's home, but other families weren't as lucky. Water flowed onto their property and into their homes, damaging floors and wrecking yards.

The Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District says in this case, monsoon rains had pushed mud into an irrigation ditch. Heavy rains Wednesday then overwhelmed the ditch, sending water toward residents' homes. The MRGCD says the ditch is not meant to stop water but, rather, to collect it and use it for irrigation.

Many people in Algodones say flooding happens more than it should. They want better water diversion channels and more control for heavy rains. Officials say there are several proposals floating around for what could be done, but there seems to be no concrete, immediate relief coming.

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