SANTA ROSA, N.M. (AP) — Guadalupe County officials say they will soon be able to make emergency repairs to a diversion dam that has been hammered by flooding over the past two years.
Last week’s thunderstorms and resulting runoff caused significant damage to the diversion dam along the Rio Agua Negra. The structure collects water from the creek and a number of arroyos between Santa Rosa and Clines Corners.
County emergency management coordinator Daniel Burguete says last week’s damage was twice that caused by storms in September 2013. He says the dam is now more vulnerable.
If the dam fails, he says there are a couple of homes nearby that could be in danger.
The county expects to receive federal funding from last year’s flooding and will use that to pay for emergency repairs.