Local business forced to temporarily close due to consistent flooding

For years, every time a storm moves through the metro, water rushes down the road’s drop off and into the parking lot and building of a local business.

“All the runoff, everything and just puddles here because of how ill-designed the road is in front of the building,” said Dawn Davide.

Davide owns La Bella Spa and Salon on Coors just north of the Cottonwood Mall. There, the east side of Coors has a steep drop off and Davide’s business sits at the bottom of it.

“It was so bad, it’s just puddling into the business,” Davide. 

Even after four hot days without rain, there is still a large pond and piles of dirt outside Davide’s business.

“The trash is still floating, the gnats, the mosquitos, you know the exposed power lines,” said Davide. 

So much water has rushed through the area, it washed away a large section of the roadside. Now, you can see exposed lines and broken pipes.

“This is a death trap. It’s to the point of it being more than just unsightly and unfair to our business,” said Davide. 

KRQE News 13 took Davide’s concerns to the New Mexico Department of Transportation, which manages Coors Blvd.

A spokesperson with NMDOT says part of this mess is not their responsibility.

“Everybody points the finger,” said Davide. 

NMDOT says it’s up to Century Link to come in and cover all the exposed lines because that section of the roadside is not in the NMDOT’s right-of-way.

The spokesperson says Century Link will be out Tuesday to fix this hazard.

“It’s the same thing I’ve heard for two and a half years, that ‘we’ll get to it,'” said Davide. 

NMDOT is the only party that has the power to fix the flooding, by adding a sidewalk and gutter system. Though, the spokesperson says they have no plans to do so.

“Somebody has got to have a responsibility to do something that safeguards our property,” said Davide.

Davide hopes to fully reopen La Bella next week.

While NMDOT says they do not have any current plans to fix this area, they did say they would send a crew out to take a look.

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