Flood waters leave mountains of sand in San Juan County

Posted at: 09/16/2013 6:49 PM
By: Ashley McElroy, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Like many areas of New Mexico, San Juan County is working to recover from the record rains and flooding.

For one family, the big question is what to do with the mess the water left behind.

Until last week, this property was filled with green grass and flowers.  Now it's a beach.

In the 45 years Janie Durrett's family has lived here, they've never seen anything like this.

The floodwaters left what can only be described as a mountain of sand on their property.

Janie says waking up and finding the mess was horrifying.

"The sand had come from the wash and had just filled the yard so at that point it was just a  matter of coming out and seeing what other damage there was which was unbelievable," she said.

She and her family have spent the last three days literally digging out of their home.  They don't yet know the full extent of the damage to the house... but they know getting rid of all this sand is going to cost them.

"The sand removal is going to be $100,000," she said.

One of the hardest hit areas of their property is their pasture. Their seven acres is completely filled with mud and sand making it impossible for their cows to graze.

The storm also ruined the $3,000 of hay they bought their cows for the winter. So with no grass or hay, they'll have to sell their cattle.

The next step is figuring out what to do with all this sand.