El Cerro Mission, Meadow Lake experience flooding

Posted at: 07/03/2013 9:53 PM
Updated at: 07/04/2013 8:04 AM
By: Tom Joles, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Some people in Valencia County won’t be celebrating the 4th of July. They’re stranded, mired in mud and water. They say heavy rain in the Manzanos flooded them out, and now they can’t get out.

All of a sudden, Alana Kaul is renting lakeshore property. Her place, and about a half-dozen others in El Cerro Mission and Meadow Lake were flooded after heavy rain in the nearby mountains.

They’re dealing with water up to their knees. That makes even walking difficult.

“We can’t leave. We can’t even get out of the driveway,” Kaul said.

While some of the flood victims complain that Valencia County isn’t doing enough to help, its management director tells KOB Eyewitness News 4 workers have been out all day trying to help people.

She says the county rented two large capacity trucks and was pumping water off people’s property.

KOB spoke with one man who seemed appreciative of the county’s efforts.

Kaul is still waiting for the county to suck up her lake. She says she’s rented there for four or five years, but with the flooding she isn’t sure she’s going to stick around.

“I’m not sure I can deal with this and have to swim to work,” Kaul said.

The county tells KOB part of the problem is that the area has a lot of arroyos going through it, making it more vulnerable to flooding. They say they’re studying the area, trying to come up with ways to minimize flooding problems.