ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The first phase of a project to reduce flooding problems in the South Valley has been completed.
The ribbon cutting for a retention pond was held Tuesday. Bernalillo County, the US Army Corps of Engineers, and the Flood Control Authority built the pond and underground infrastructure to alleviate the problems plaguing this area for years. The project will reduce the size of the area’s flood zone.
“Once the full project is complete, the ultimate impact is that we take a lot of residents out of the flood plain,” said Lt. Col. James Booth, US Army.
The project has also helped create homes for wildlife and recreational activities, like a walking trail.
The project took about six years to complete. The last phase will help better filter water from surrounding areas to the pond.