CORRALES, N.M. (KRQE) - The storm that hit Albuquerque on Friday, July 26, has taken more than a week to clean up. The Village of Corrales has been trying to dig out of mud and fix its roads. The clean-up cost is astounding.
While most of the roads in Corrales have been cleared, many homes are still surrounded by feet of sediment.
"Every day we've been out here, all of the neighbors have been working here," said resident Bill Esker.
The Southern Sandoval County Flood Control Authority has been out every day assessing the damage.
They say parts of the village received more than 3 inches of rain in a two hour period.
Chuck Thomas, with SSCAFCA, said none of their flood controls broke during the storm, but what caused all the damage was too much water in a short period of time.
There was a lot of erosion in an arroyo which is now uncomfortably close to some houses.
A retention pond owned by the village was breached and many roads were washed out or covered in sediment.
Thomas said SSCAFCA is looking to see if it needs to make any changes.
"We're starting to get engineers on board to look at possible improvements to make facilities that much better," Thomas said.
SSCAFCA's cleanup in Corrales could come in at $200,000 which is nothing compared to the costs for the Village of Corrales which declared a state of emergency this week and expects their cleanup costs to come in at about $1 million. About $3 million will be spent to replace both paved and dirt roads.
"It's going to take some money to do everything, and we don't have that right now," said Village Administrator John Avila.
They're working on final numbers before applying for FEMA relief money.
A lot of people and agencies have been pitching in and officials say time is of the essence.
"We get our events all together during a season, one on top of another. It piles up,"
Avila said. "This happens every season and so. These locations where it's going to be dangerous are at risk."
Volunteers from Southern Baptist churches across New Mexico are currently taking requests for help from residents in Corrales. They will start helping in the village on Monday.
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