Church Rock residents cleaning up after heavy rains

Created: 08/06/2014 6:01 PM
By: Devin Neeley, KOB Eyewitness News 4

CHURCH ROCK, NM— Water is still standing in the community of Church Rock, east of Gallup.

"This happens mostly every year," said Louise Jim. "It rained like an hour."

That was Sunday. Wednesday, residents are still cleaning up.

There are washed out roads and a few homes flooded, but worst of all, the area's water was cut off. A main water line that stretches across a wash broke under the pressure of all the rushing rain water.

Wednesday, water is partially restored, though those with water say there is very little pressure or the water is brown.

"This happens every time when we have a rain storm," said Jim

But Church Rock has other problems too.

"The road to my house is gone," Jim told KOB Eyewitness News Four.

When roads were washed out, some families have still been left stranded, with no water.

"We park here and walk about a mile and three fourth, almost 2 miles."

For Titus Nez and more than 30 people that live across the wash, it happens after every rain.

"There is really no way to get across except for parking and walking across."

Between cleaning up from this most recent mess and preparing for the next, they have their hands full.

"We are trying to do both at the same time," said Jim. "It's a lot of work, yea."

Though things are drying out today, the community tells me that they expect rain on Sunday and more of the same problems, this weekend.

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