Storm aftermath causes muddy problems for Corrales residents

Posted at: 07/28/2013 10:26 PM | Updated at: 07/28/2013 11:14 PM
By: Maria Guerrero, KOB Eyewitness News 4 and KOB.com staff

Friday’s storm caused some residents in the village of Corrales to be trapped in their homes due to mud.

“Um this is my front yard which was completely landscaped,” said Corrales resident Mathew Montanes.

Thousands of dollars are down the drain or in this homeowner’s case, buried under a couple feet of mud.

“I had to get my gate cleared so I could access the back just to show you how deep that is,” said Montanes.

Meanwhile, in Loma Del Oro in Corrales the residents came together to help their neighbors.

“The homeowners have come together. We had residents here who could not get out of their home and they needed to for medical reasons. We grated them out,” said Loma Del Oro resident Diana Dutchman.

Friday’s powerful storm sent mud sliding down the road.

“A levee, our understanding has broken Friday night. The levee broke and another reason the debris had compiled over time and it had not been maintained. So the water could not release itself into the grate and channel out, it went over the debris,” said Dutchman.

“It was witnessed by many people here, we walked up and seen the condition ourselves," Dutchman also added.

The mayor says nearby drainage ponds maintained by the Sandoval County arroyo flood authority were overwhelmed by all the rainwater.

A retention pond, owned by the village breached.

A similar incident happened in 2006 and it has left residents wondering about the structures meant to protect them.

“I feel a little nervous about what could happen with future rains here until we know that the drainage problem has been permanently been taken care of and that all of these residents are going to be safe out here,” said Dutchman.

The mayor says public works employees will be back out here to continue to clear the roadway.

The village will also apply for FEMA relief money.

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