ALGODONES, N.M. (KRQE) – Afternoon rain on Wednesday caused major problems for Algodones. Homes and farmland are surrounded by water after irrigation ditches quickly filled up and overflowed.
The rain started around 4:00 p.m., moving from Santa Fe, down I-25 and into Algodones.
The area got about an inch of rain in only 40 minutes and that was all that it took.
All that water started to flow down into the irrigation ditch, bringing lots of dirt and debris with it.
By 5:00 p.m., the banks had overflowed onto nearby properties.
“Irrigation ditches are designed to put water into fields,” said Tom Thorpe, spokesperson for the Rio Grande Conservancy District. “They’re not arroyos; they’re not drains. When there’s large amounts of water, they can’t hold it”.
Skynews 13 was up just minutes after the flooding began. In the video you can see around 20 homes are surrounded by water.
The Rio Grande Conservancy District says three of those properties had water inside the house.
There weren’t any evacuations.
Homeowners worked alongside the Sandoval County Fire Department to pump out water.
The Rio Grande Conservancy District estimates it will take about a week to repair the ditch.
In the meantime, they hope all that rain will help farmers get by.