ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The snow storm of the decade that swept through Albuquerque left behind a lot of damage ranging from roofs, to cars, to roads. Now, the city’s trying to figure out how to fix all the grooves, bumps and potholes that have appeared since the snow melted away.
“I have seen some potholes that are maybe12 inches in diameter and maybe two, three inches deep,” said Charlie Lujan.
“This morning I hit a couple very big ones on Academy,” said Maria Lamar.
The intersection near Academy and Ventura is lined with potholes. Along Lomas there are craters in the road.
The holes are likely a result of the monster storm that hit Albuquerque last week.
“We have crews out there around the city evaluating and assessing the damage that was caused as a result of this storm,” said Mayor R.J. Berry’s Chief of Staff Gilbert Montano.
So far, the storm has cost the city about $300,000. That’s including the cost of maintaining the snow plows and employee overtime.
“it was a very consequential storm,” said Montano.
The city said it’s first priority was maintaining public safety during the wild weather. Now, it’s focusing on the damage like the new potholes.
“Crews will be out in mass to rectify and fill those gaps or holes as quickly as possible,” said Montano.
Residents are hoping something get done soon.
“I just wish they would do a better job and spend more money on the streets,” said Lujan.
“I certainly think it’s going to cause damage to some vehicles until they can get them fixed,” said Lamar.
City employees worked nearly 700 overtime hours during the storm. APD responded to more than 400 crashes.
The city says if you see new potholes or any other storm damage call 311.
NM Businesses and Storm Damage
Businesses, like towing companies and roofers, have also been busy with what the storm has left behind.
Employees at Dugger’s Towing have seen smashed bumpers, flat tires and shattered windows since Thursday night.
“It started getting very very crazy,” Owner Vance Dugger said. “People were sliding into curbs, hitting popping their tires as well as dead batteries.”
On Friday alone, Dugger’s responded to more than 220 service calls. That’s more than three times the normal amount of calls.
“This is usually we use this time to rebuild, repaint all of our trucks re-image because it’s usually typically slow,” Dugger said.
APD said there were nearly 420 crashes reported on Friday and Saturday. Now that the roads are clear, Dugger’s is still busy.
“All of these calls on the GPS are all Albuquerque,” Duggar said. “Most people were leaving their vehicles there yesterday and calling us today to get them out.”
Roofing companies were swamped too after all this snow quickly melted Sunday, leaking into to homes around the city.
People say they welcome the snow.
“I enjoy the snow i just wish that it would come more periodically not all at once,” Maria Lamar said.
AAA said it responded to more than 800 calls from Friday through Sunday more than double their normal business.
Auto repair companies have also been busy. Quanz said its business also doubled over the weekend.