ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Many homeowners in southwest Albuquerque are cleaning up Thursday morning.
Heavy rain overnight caused ditches to overflow, pushing water and mud across roads and into yards.
Homeowners started battling the rising water around midnight. It pushed mud through yards and in at least one case, into the crawlspace under a home.
A spokesperson with the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District says this is a case of a lot of rain falling quickly.
The water flowed off of the West Mesa into ditches before overflowing a ditch bank, and there’s still standing water in roads.
Bernalillo County Public Works crews have been out since 1 a.m. working to clear up those roads and get debris out of streets. They’ve also been dropping off dirt to shore up roads that were hit by the moving water.
One man’s pool will be a murky mess for the holiday weekend because of the floodwater.
The moving water also cut channels through another man’s yard.
Residents say this is the worst their property on Winchester has been hit in quite a while.
“Every year we got hit really bad about four years ago. Now this is the worst we’ve ever got hit,” said Patrick Calderon.
The Conservancy District and Arroyo Flood Control Authority also have crews out helping people pump out their properties.
County crews are expected to keep working on roads throughout most of the day.