The extraordinary flooding on Tuesday left Albuquerque arroyo broken

Senior engineer Jerry Lovato of the Albuquerque Metropolitan Arroyo Flood Control Authority said they were able to temporarily repair the Arroyo on Wednesday.

“Any time you have a lot of drain, there’s always the chance that a sewer will be damaged,” Lovato said. “This channel fills with water very quickly with every rain.”

The North Diversion Channel filled with two meters of water on Tuesday. It was built to handle 200 years of rain intensity events.

During Tuesday’s storm, parts of the city got close to it in 15 to 20 minutes.

“About 1.2 inches in some neighborhoods, which is a 75- and 100-year storm,” he said.

The reason the flooding was so severe was because of how much rain fell in a short period of time.

“It was an intense, fast-paced storm so it was moving so fast that it just drained its water and moved on,” said Lovato. “We see a lot more short-term, high-intensity storms today than we did ten years ago.”

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