Storm leaves behind big mess, cleanup efforts underway

storm clean up


ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – City and county crews have been working non-stop since Tuesday night to clean up the damage left by Tuesday’s storm.

“It was unique in that the hail was pretty intense and the storm itself was pretty intense,” said Melissa Lozoya, Department Director for  Municipal Development.

One of the hardest hit areas is northeast Albuquerque and Montgomery Park where branches and trees came down. Crews spent the day cutting them down.

“We want to clean it up and not leave it looking like a war zone that’s unattended,” said Joran Viers, Forester for the City of Albuquerque.

Extra crews were called in overnight to help deal with the problem of clogged drains.  While the water is gone, the debris and trash that water washed away is stuck in the storm grates and in the system.

“The crews are out addressing all issues working to clear the roadway, they were out until early this morning addressing that issue and continually checking 311, so if there are residents who have concerns with roadways call 311,” said Lozoya.

The city says the entire cleanup will take some time and many residents also have their hands full. A lot of trees in back yards were also knocked down, causing damage to homes and fences.

Some Albuquerque Public Schools schools also saw some flooding. Bel Air and McKinley had water flow under the doors into hallways, but receded pretty quickly. APS says there are various roof leaks at schools throughout the city, but all are pretty minor.

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