ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - In the metro area, arroyos protected people and homes by channeling floodwaters through the city to the river.
But this latest series of storms dumped so much rain, some of those arroyos were damaged.
Now flood control experts are hard at work restoring them.
The arroyo running near Irving and Golf Course was dry Monday. But on Friday, the water was rushing within feet of Palmilla Assisted Living.
“It looked like an amazing mud river,” said Daisy Haskamp, wellness director at the facility. “It was coming down – the walls were coming down – off the side of the arroyo. There were little trees that were being washed down. You cold hear the rocks just slamming in. It was just an amazing thing.”
The arroyo protected Palmilla Assisted Living and other buildings from the flood waters.
Now the work begins to protect arroyos from the erosive power of the runoff.
"We haven't seen that amount of water through here in my memory,” said Jeffrey Willis, real estate manager for Albuquerque Metropolitan Arroyo Flood Authority.
At its highest, the water was 11 feet deep and powerful.
“We have a couple of erosion issues here that may not be an emergency but they're adjacent to our trails system,” said Willis. “So, we're going to have the crew come out this afternoon and go ahead and fill them in.”
The Flood Control Authority is using rocks, sand and bulldozers to repair the sides of arroyos and the crossings where water is pinched and threatens roadways.
The race is on to restore this arroyo and others, so they are ready for the next big event.
The Flood Control Authority says the city and the county both had some minor failures in their channels.
They are working to make temporary repairs right now with permanent repairs scheduled for the fall.
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