City to spend six figures on flood clean up

Posted at: 08/04/2014 5:21 PM
By: Ryan Luby, KOB Eyewitness News

A record breaking rainstorm on Friday has left the city with a six figure clean up.

Albuquerque officials said nearly $400,000 has been spent on restoration efforts after more than 2.00" of rain put downtown in a frenzy.

People required rescue after their cars were submerged underneath the bridge at Central and 1st Street. A sink hole closed Martin Luther King Jr and Broadway. Overall, 10 people required emergency rescue on Friday.

However, city officials said it could’ve been worse.

Mike Riordan, Albuquerque Municipal Development Director, said $7 million in improvements to the water system after a storm in 2006 may have prevented more damage.

"It stressed the system, but it kept primarily everything within the roadway which is a significant amount," Riordan said. "We saved Martineztown alone from over 5 million gallons of water - storm water - that would have ended up in the neighborhood."

Still, Riordan sees more areas that need improvement.

The parking garage at Civic Plaza was clogged with dirt brought from the flood. Overtime pay to clean up the garage will cost the city thousands.

Riordan said the city would like a better pump station at Broadway and Lomas that could move water out more quickly than it did on Friday.

Altogether, the city would like to acquire $22 million for improvements. So far $5 million has been secured.

"So we're very lucky that no one got hurt, and that we did contain the water within our system," he said. "I'd like to have more a factor of safety, and really start improving our storm drain system in the mid-valley to help that factor of safety."