ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Albuquerque's Southwest Valley is one step closer to completing a project designed to better control flood water, a known problem during monsoon season.
The public is invited to attend a meeting Monday night to learn all the details about the latest construction of the Southwest Valley flood reduction project. It will help keep residents safe from floods and help put that water to good use.
The multi-million dollar project is currently in phase two of construction. The plan is to build a pond to hold water, deepen and widen existing drains that will lead to that pond.
Those drains were built in 2012 and connect to the river to help prevent flooding, and they replenish the pond. They were in place for the monsoon season and discharged lots of water to the river.
Project officials say the overall goal is to shrink the flood plain and reduce the potential they'll have to pay for flood insurance. They will also be able to control water to use for drinking, crops and the Rio Grande.
“It's one of the first projects in the us where we're using existing drains to co-mingle storm water and irrigation water and send them downstream into the Rio Grande for use,” said Jerry Nieto, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Residents can learn more about the project Wednesday at Rio Grande High School from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
The project is partly federally funded and is also sponsored by the Army Core of Engineers, Bernalillo County and AMAFCA.
Officials say construction could begin in November and should take about a year to complete.
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