Algodones resident: It's frustrating to have to do the cleanup

Created: 07/24/2014 6:58 PM
By: Jorge Torres, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Evidence of Wednesday's devastation still sits underneath Scott Aaron's home.

"The water just started to back up so fast there wasn't anything that we could do except basically just pick up the furniture and get it up off the ground," Aaron said.

He's lived there for just two years, but he says flooding at his home isn't new.

"This is the worst I've ever seen it and from talking to some of the neighbors that have been here 30-40 years, this is one of the worst that they've seen as well," Aaron said.

He says culverts along I-25 drain towards Algodones and claims the drainage ditches nearby can only hold so much water.

"We've been trying to warn {Sandoval} County, the Department of Transportation, and folks that are responsible for some of the drainage from around here that we've got an issue and if we were to get a really big rain we were going to have some damage and that's just exactly what happened," he said.

To add insult to injury, Aaron doesn't have flood insurance, so he'll have to pay for all this mess.

"It's frustrating to have to do the cleanup. What's been more frustrating, though, is that we just haven't been able to get anybody who's in a position to help to lend any type of support or cooperation. We can't get a call back," Aaron said.

We are working to receive a comment from Sandoval County.

The New Mexico Department of Transportation says that they'll look into the claims

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