Cibola County town hardest hit by recent storms
Posted at: 09/17/2013 10:13 PM
| Updated at: 09/18/2013 10:17 AM
By: Maria Guerrero, KOB Eyewitness News 4
Maria Guerro, KOB Eyewitness News 4
A small community west of Grants is still dealing with flooded homes, a crumbling bridge and now a big hole in someone's yard.
The Cibola County Sheriff's Office says the community of Plano Colorado and Bluewater are the hardest-hit areas in the county.
In Plano Colorado, most homes are still surrounded by water, there's mangled metal, crumpled concrete and a bridge was almost destroyed.
The bridge along Plano Road is partially blocked off.
On one side, you can see a lot of debris carried down to the culverts.
On the other side of the bridge, parts of the road were swept away by the raging water.
"The water really got deep. Cut 13 feet from our house, it was like 12 feet deep in our yard," resident Gary Davidson said. "It took out our horse fence and we're trying to find them. We're out looking for them now."
The water rushed through Friday night, eating away at a channel along Plano Road.
Several homes were in its path, including Heidi Bohannon’s home.
"Boy, it's real muddy out here," the longtime resident said walking through her property.
The water came fast, too fast to save her prized chickens.
"It's just so heartbreaking," she said. "My mother-in-law purchased them out of our fair and they were the grand champion chickens. She paid $1,400 for them."
But Bohannon’s attention now turns to a growing problem on her property.
"I've never seen one out here," she said. "A friend had come by to check on us and she noticed that there was a sinkhole and then we went to town to get more drinking water and came back and it looked like it had collapsed a lot more than this morning."
She fears the hole with get bigger and may threaten her neighbor's house which is closer to it.
Cibola County Emergency Management says it will check out the sinkhole on Wednesday.
It's also going to be assessing the flooding damage in Bluewater, Milan and Grants.
But it most likely won't be able to do anything about the sinkhole since it's on private property.