Flooding devastates town of Madrid

Posted at: 09/18/2013 6:05 PM
Updated at: 09/19/2013 8:22 AM
By: Maria Guerrero, KOB Eyewitness News 4



It’s been a rough few days for communities hit hard by the recent wave of storms.

The town of Madrid, south of Santa Fe, is one of them.

Waterfalls were flowing through the town this weekend.

The flooding has also cut off access to a main road.

Carol Carpenter is getting used to trekking around Madrid’s new landscape after the flood.

"This arroyo used to be, I don't know. It's half as wide now, twice as deep," she described. "This was literally a river. It was 10 feet deep. You can see the water lines it was almost at the house and it went all the way over to those houses."

Carpenter also captured water rushing in where Cave Rd and Back Rd meet.

"Just 15 minutes into the storm there was so much rushing water that I didn't know if I could cross and it was terrifying," said Carpenter. "Two hours later, that spot that I was on top of collapsed into a canyon."

The road collapsed, leaving a large hole that’s now cutting off access to the west side of Madrid.

It’s not clear if Santa Fe County will pitch in to rebuild.

But residents, or Madroids as they call themselves, say help or no help, they will rebuild.

"We're a place that doesn't really rely on outside help. We band together to take care of our own," said Carpenter.