ROSWELL, N.M. (KRQE) - Damaged roads and debris filled arroyos are still scattered all over southeastern New Mexico after heavy thunderstorms swept through the state last month.
Now, some Roswell residents say they've had enough of the mess and want to know why the clean up is taking so long.
Crushed rocks, broken tree limbs and scattered debris; it's what Roswell residents see every day as they pass by the arroyo located right under Main Street.
"We are moving on them. We are slow," said Superintendent Dick Smith of the Chaves County Flood Commission. "We are a small department and we are removing the debris and its going to be a big job."
It's a job that's been in the works for almost an entire month and from the looks of some arroyos, little progress has been made.
"This is a very unusual event, thank God, and we are a small department, so we will just keep plodding around until we get it cleaned up and you know it's going to take some time," said Smith.
But the clock is dragging especially on Coronado Road.
"They say it's a county road, but they don't maintain nothing," said Roswell resident Ray Lucero.
The road's been closed since Sept. 12 and it's what Lucero drives everyday to get home.
"It's a little inconvenience," said Lucero.
Lucero says power lines along the street are still down and rocks remain dispersed nearby.
"I've never seen it this bad," said Chaves County Flood Commission Employee Joe Carrasco. "It blew out culverts and there was about a 6-foot hole down the center of the road here."
County officials say it will cost them about $1 million to repair Coronado Road. They say that along with several other restoration projects is what's delaying a quick clean up.
"We're a small department. We live in a dry county here in a desert. We don't get a lot of rain like this," said Smith.
Flood commission officials say they plan to start repairing Coronado Road this week. They hope to have it reopened by Monday.
County officials say it could take them anywhere from six months to a year to clear all the debris from the arroyos.
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