Cleanup begins after rain leaves mess in Española

ESPANOLA, N.M. (KRQE) – It has been a rainy few days all over the state, but northern New Mexico may have seen the worst of it. Homes were surrounded by water, roads were flooded and people were left in the dark.

Now, the clean-up begins.

“I can’t remember the last time the city of Espanola has had rain fall for this many hours,” Peggy Sue Martinez, Espanola city councilor said.

Two big thunderstorms left behind a big mess for the city.

“I can’t leave home with my small vehicle. The water here is 20 inches in some places,” Allen Sullivan said.

No one in espanola had to leave their homes, but that doesn’t mean there haven’t been a lot of problems. Sullivan said he’s lost some power at his home.

“I’ve been here six years my wife and I we bought our double wide and this is the first time we’ve experiment this torrential downpour,” Sullivan said.

When it comes to help, though, not much can be done. Some neighbors said the problem with this road is that it’s their mess.

“They figure this is my property I want to keep it this way,” Sullivan said.

The low lying land fills up with nowhere for the water to go.

“We are stuck until this dries up,” Sullivan said.

He said anything will help.

“Were not asking for a full concrete barrier just something to keep the runoff from coming into our driveway our home’” Sullivan said.

One city councilor wants change, too.

“These are things we want to solve and want to help people solve,” Martinez said.

While these people wait for this water to go away, which they don’t know how long that will be, they worry about Wednesday night.

Already to our west some large clouds forming, they fear more rain is on the way.

Residents in northern Santa Fe County were also hit hard. About 60-homes in the Pojoaque Valley Mobile Home Park were evacuated overnight.

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