ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - The storm of the century--so far--has left tens of thousands of dollars in damage across the metro area with a major cleanup beginning on Saturday.
Albuquerque is still totaling up the damage from the storm with hurricane-strength wind gusts that churned down the Rio Grande Valley Friday evening.
For sure Friday's storm was worse than Thursday's, and the city said it spent at least $500,000 to clean that up.
Sky News 13 flew around the area Saturday morning getting a good look at damage from a hanger at Double Eagle II Airport where gusts above 80 mph blew in the doors to fell trees all around the area.
Hyder Park in the southeast lost tow large, health trees uprooted in the mayhem.
Extensive damage at the zoo forced its closure on Saturday, but the city says it will be fully open Sunday.
The storm hit after 7 p.m. as an outdoor concert in the zoo picnic area was in swing. People scrambled for safety ahead of trees and large limbs coming down.
Some of the biggest problems were on the roads as underpass flooded, signal lights failed and fallen trees and power lines landed on the pavement.
Albuquerque city officials said that while this storm wreaked havoc, emergency crews handled it well.
The Albuquerque Fire Department responded to streams of calls for held, and police had about an extra 100 people on shift helping people through the night.
"Very early on in the administration I sat down with Chief Breen and Chief Schultz and I said, 'Listen. If there's a fire in the bosque, if there's a natural disaster, if there's an emergency in our town, we don't ever want to look back and say we underresourced that. Let's gets the resources out there," Albuquerque Mayor Richard J. Berry said at a Saturday news conference. "We're very good at budgeting, we're very fiscally responsible, and we'll figure it out."
This storm of course caused plenty of problems for many at home, too, with roofs blown off and trees falling on cars.
AFD says the high water caused about 24 cars to stall throughout the metro area.
There were no reports of serious injuries, and crews managed to rescue everyone safely...
While the water stacked up the, city says all of the river levees held as well and were not damaged in the storm although police and fire units responded to Tingley Drive SW to make sure.
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