Flooding causes some New Mexico residents to evacuate

Hatch flooding

HATCH, N.M. (KRQE) – After another massive flood hit the Hatch Valley Sunday night, and officials are trying to figure out how to keep it from happening again.

Residents say it was a hassle trying to get around town Sunday with the main road being blocked.

“I live just right over there, so my whole yard, whole street was flooded out like a river,” said Jared Henderson.

The Elephant Butte Irrigation District says they have crews working in Hatch to empty out all of their flood control dams that were filled from the excess rain water.

All of the extra water will be dumped into the Rio Grande. On top of that, the Village of Hatch has been working on a plan to build levees in the arroyos here to help with any future flooding.

All of that didn’t help any of the farmers. One farmer said his entire farm was flooded from Sunday night’s rain.

“Well if we get too much water then we get a lot of root rot and the chile will start drying up,” said Isaac Villejas, a green chile farmer.

Many residents also mentioned the major flood that happened in 2006. Farmers also say that flood destroyed a lot of their crop.

Luckily, farmers say Sunday night’s rain didn’t destroy their crop.

About 40 Hatch residents were evacuated from their homes because of the flood, but they have since been allowed back home.

The Army Corps. of Engineers has been studying the flooding problems around Hatch. Their website says that area has seen at least four major floods in the past 20 years. Some of the problem is runoff from the surrounding mountains.

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