Heavy rain washed away bridges and a strand community in Cibola County

ALBUQUERQUE, NM (KRQE) – A community in Cibola County is left without a way out after flooding washed away the roadway Sunday night.

Dustin Middleton, emergency manager for Cibola County, said the area received more than two inches of rain in a very short time Sunday night and bridges leading to Moquino were washed out. “Looks like a culvert washed out the whole stretch of road. We had emergency teams ready to respond: we had contingency plans to enter with side-by-sides and/or four-wheelers. Also with planes.

Middleton thankfully says they had no reports of medical emergencies in the area throughout the night that would require air or ground rescues. The washed-out portions of the roads are blocking about 60 households according to Middleton.

The situation worries the inhabitants of the region, given the destruction caused by the flood waters. “I drove where I could and had to get off and walk and there was debris. There was even a tire here, an old tire on the road. is downed on the road,” says Richard Jaramillo, who lives in Bibo. “What worries me are the people who live in Moquino; it must be quite scary… We need rain so badly, but not like this. is too dangerous.

Middleton says road crews are working hard to repair the damage so people can at least get in and out. He says the road was reopened at 1 p.m. Monday. With more rain on the horizon, Middleton is asking people not to let their children play in the floodwaters or try to drive through them, no matter how calm or shallow they seem.

Middleton also says there was flooding in San Fidel and Cubero. Road crews are monitoring the situation, but Middleton is urging drivers to exercise caution.