Clean-up begins after downtown flooding

ABQ Flood cleanup
Crews were out in full force Saturday cleaning up the damage and debris left behind by Friday's flood waters.

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A downpour of rain that slammed the city made for a mini-disaster in downtown Albuquerque, leaving some drivers stranded.

Streets filled with water washing out some intersections.

As you might imagine there’s plenty to clean up around the metro Saturday.

City crews and residents got to work fixing the damage caused by the surge of wet weather.

Friday night’s storm took a toll on the metro, tearing up manholes, flooding homes and leaving a trail of debris in its wake.

Softball fields turned into a lake across the street from Albuquerque High.

City crews have been working non-stop Saturday. They’re pumping out water from under the overpass near the intersection of Central and 1st Street which saw major flooding Friday.

The water pressure was so high it tore up asphalt around bolted down man-hole covers all over Broadway.

Business owners and had their fair share of clean-up, along with a number of homes in southeast Albuquerque.

For some there was so much rain, they had to put towels underneath the door to keep water from flooding inside. Some homes had three inches of standing water inside. While some people did use sandbags to fight the flooding, many did not.

Two downtown parking decks are closed because of the weather. The underground one at Civic Plaza is closed due to flood damage and the Convention Center parking deck has been closed because of water in the intersection near it. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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