County seeks to realign Berrendo River

January 23, 2014 • Local News

Berrendo River’s natural path as it meanders along the east side of North Main Street may be straightened out to avoid future flooding problems.

Chaves County Flood Control Superintendent Dick Smith is in the early stages of designing a plan to protect homes and businesses next to the river, following the disaster caused by the river’s flooding in September.

“It’s a big job, and I don’t know for sure exactly what I’m going to do yet,” Smith said. “I’m looking at different alternatives.”

The floodwaters that rushed through the Berrendo River Sept. 9 were considered a 1,000-year event, Smith said. Even so, the channel handled it with minimal Login to read more

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