Recent storm raises flooding concerns for Corrales bridge
Posted at: 09/14/2013 9:00 PM
| Updated at: 09/14/2013 9:04 PM
By: Maria Guerrero, KOB Eyewitness News 4 and KOB.com staff
Sandoval County and village leaders in Corrales are constantly checking on a bridge within the village.
That is because there are ongoing flood concerns.
The bridge is always a concern because water from Rio Rancho, flows down the Montoyas Arroyo Watershed and ends up bottlenecking at the bridge along Corrales Road.
The water brings lots silt.
Heavy rains and silt in 2010 nearly plugged the 8 foot tall culverts.
Longtime mayor, Phil Gasteyer, remembers the Rio Rancho sewage break before that.
“They had a pipe break, spilling sewage into this arroyo system back in 2006,” said Mayor Gasteyer.
That has not happened with this storm.
However, the Southern Sandoval County Arroyo and Flood Control Authority will be redesigning the channel to help avoid water from overflowing.
“And if that happens it's going to spill over in every direction flooding 300 or 400 acres of Corrales land and the homes," Gasteyer said.
Residents in Corrales are thankful, but have had enough.
“Four days is plenty,” resident Terry Cogburn said.
Village officials say they will have a meeting to roll out specifics on the re-design project later this month.