ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - It's all hands on deck as the city of Albuquerque continues to get back on its feet after Friday's super storm ripped through the metro.
Giant trees sit in parks uprooted and traffic signals are still without power and now, the numbers are coming in. Just how much is all of this going to cost?
Hurricane-like winds ripped through Albuquerque on Friday night sending people into chaos. Three days later, the city is still cleaning up a big mess.
Rob Perry, the city's chief administrative officer hasn't seen anything like this in quite some time.
"In 35 years, this is probably the most severe summer storm we've had in the city of Albuquerque, equivalent to a category-one hurricane," Perry said.
From the zoo, to city parks, to traffic lights, it's caused widespread headaches and a lot of work.
Hyder Park was still closed three days after the storm.
"It really looked like an absolute disaster, like a tornado went through here on Saturday morning," said Nob Hill resident Caroline Scruggs. "This is like 90 percent there. People did an amazing job today really getting most of the big stuff up."
When a storm packs this big of a punch, it means the city's budget is taking a hit.
"Preliminary numbers indicate that we're approaching $1 million," Perry said.
Isotopes fans may have noticed the traffic lights at Avenida Cesar Chavez and University were still without power Monday.
The city says they can't figure exactly what's wrong, but are working with PNM on the issue and asking for the public's patience. Power may not be restored there until Tuesday.
"Treat that as a four-way stop. We do have stop signs out there now," Municipal development director Michael Riordan said. "Treat it as a four-way stop and be courteous to your fellow drivers."
After a few hours worth of wild weather, the city says getting things back to normal could take months.
And the cost? That could get bigger, too.
"By the time all is said and done, that number is only going to head northward and climb," Perry said. "I think the best preparation is to hope for the best but expect the worse."
Perry said he wouldn't be surprised if the clean-up costs jump to $1.5 million or more. The city is beginning to file paperwork to apply for federal disaster aid. Currently, all of the costs are coming out of the city's pocket.
The city said their number one priority is keeping the public safe while repairs are made.
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