Rains flood Paseo de la Montañas bike trail

Posted at: 07/08/2013 6:55 PM
By: Ashley McElroy, KOB Eyewitness News 4

A giant flood makes for a giant clean up.

"I'm surprised there's this much water here," said cyclist Laura Sugars.

After the rain this weekend, water runoff flooded the Paseo de la Montañas bike trail off of I-40 and Louisiana.

Cyclists have to get off and walk their bikes around the trail, because there's just too much water to get through.

"I'd say it's about four inches deep here."

The city tells KOB Eyewitness News 4 some recreation sites in the city are put on drainage lands, to get as much out of the land as possible.

“It makes good sense, public space that's used for drainage and if you can design it properly and you have recreation facility running through it this gets a lot of use,” said Barbara Baca, Director of Parks and Recreation for the city of Albuquerque.

Since Monday morning, the city has dumped four truckloads of water. They still have a lot of work to do, and it's not just this bike path.

The softball fields at Vietnam Veterans’ memorial park have been flooded, forcing teams to reschedule their games, but draining the water is only a short term fix.

These areas will flood when it rains again. The city says there are talks of redesigning the path, but there's not a definite plan as of today.

“We're all happy about the rain, but sometimes it causes us problems in maintaining a facility,” said Baca.

One of the ideas the city mentioned was possibly moving the bike path over to higher ground, but there are no set plans right now. All the water has been pumped, but the path where the water was pumped will be closed temporarily until the city can come up with a solution to the problem.