Eddy County residents worry about flooding

CARLSBAD, N.M. (KRQE)- It was a year ago that storms started to hammer Eddy County, leaving washed out roads and bridges behind. However, some of those roads and bridges still aren’t fixed.

Now people are worried about what the next round of flooding could bring.

Ysidro Molinar of Carlsbad remembers the flooding this time last year. “It really ruined a lot of our roads and streets down in Carlsbad,” said Molinar.

After the storm last year, schools were closed, people were left stranded and many roads and bridges were destroyed.

“Some of our smaller bridges down there were damaged, I know the one by La Tienda had just been done and it was wiped out. They just redid it and hopefully if we get another one it doesn’t hurt it,” said Molinar.

Now it’s that time of year again and people are worried it could happen all over again. Some of those damaged roads and bridges are still closed down; others are still being repaired.

The worry is that heavy rain could wash away all the work the city and county have already done.

“I guess they’re afraid if it starts coming again, it’s gonna hurt them again if they don’t finish it,” said Molinar.

For now, residents say they just have to be careful.

“You got to be smart about it, you know our safety people run around putting up barriers and all this but people just try to go around them. You know, they always say if it’s coming across the road don’t go over it, don’t try to cross you know,” said Molinar.

KRQE News 13 tried to get a hold of the Eddy County Public Works Department to find out what’s been done to gear up for more flooding but never heard back from them.

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