Farmington still recovering from 2013 floods

Created: 01/21/2014 5:48 PM
By: Ashley McElroy, KOB Eyewitness News 4

It’s been four months, but the city of Farmington is still picking up the pieces after some serious flooding from storms last year.

The city is making some changes they hope will make a difference the next time the rain hits.

The storms in Farmington last September left severe damage all over the city.

The rain caused the pipes in this arroyo to collapse. Streets were flooded, sinkholes formed.

Now the city is working to change some things at the nearby intersection of Main Street and Cliffside.

They’re hoping to change the way water flows.

The new pipes the city is using to replace to old ones are supposed to hold a lot more water.

"We can actually get three times the capacity of water than they can get through the old pipes,” said Nica Westerling, City Engineer.

This is just one of many projects the city is planning, to divert water away from areas that are prone to flooding.

"We have some other ponds that we're hoping to develop long term to try and help some areas that were damaged," said Westerling.

While all this is going on, the city has set up several detours to help people get in and out of businesses along Main Street.

“We also try to juggle things as much as possible to try and have a s little impact as possible. we realize it’s a very busy business corridor,” said Westerling.

The construction is expected to take three months.

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