Posted at: 06/21/2013 6:53 PM
By: Stuart Dyson, KOB Eyewitness News 4
It’s Albuquerque to the rescue for a little New Mexico town where the well ran dry three weeks ago. City cops delivered thousands of gallons of water to the Socorro County village of Magdalena Friday morning.
Village residents worked side by side with police officers, unloading pallets of bottled water. Albuquerque residents and businesses made the donations, along with Walgreens, Walmart and Smith’s, which also provided the drop-off locations. ABF Trucking, Albuquerque Moving, U-Haul and the city Parks and Recreation Department donated trucks and drivers.
“It’s pretty overwhelming, the support we’ve had from outside the community,” said Magdalena village blacksmith Z.W. Farnsworth. “It’s nice to see that people step up and help each other out. It’s something we need to do more of.”
In under two hours the big job was done and the cops and truck drivers dug into enchiladas and green chile cheese burgers at local restaurants – on the house.
“I was amazed when I saw all those big trucks coming in with all this water and unloading and helping us,” said village mayor Sandy Julian. “Albuquerque, I thank you from the bottom of my heart, and the people of the village of Magdalena thank you.”
“It’s just great helping your neighbor,” said police chaplain Briane Dennision. “We get to do that every day in the city of Albuquerque, but we have to come and help our neighbors in the state of New Mexico. It was just a great effort on everybody’s part.
How much water? Don’t ask. Nobody knows, since the containers are different sizes. But it’s a lot!
And we end the week with some welcome news for Magdalena. Engineers think there’s a chance – a pretty fair chance – that they may be able to rehab and re-use an old village well that was shut down and capped years ago. They expect to know more next week.