State, road company to meet about flooding

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By Tris DeRoma

Engineers from the New Mexico Department of Transportation will meet and talk with officials next week from Star Paving about how they can prevent future flooding on Verde Ridge Road.

“The existing storm drain system is overwhelmed and does not have the capacity to handle these recent unusual heavy rains. The necessary construction phasing as designed, further reduces the capacity to carry these heavy runoffs,” NMDOT District Five Public Information Officer Rosanne Rodriguez said. “Star Paving will work with DOT to install interim measures to address flooding until the new storm drain system is fully operational.”

Residents living in townhomes on Verde Ridge Road were hit twice in as many weeks by flooding, which were attributed to ongoing construction of a nearby traffic circle by Star Paving.

The construction abuts an embankment that leads directly into the backyards of a row of townhomes on Verde Ridge Road.  

For about two weeks, heavy storms have brought water over the berms designed to catch the water and down the embankment and into their homes.

However, according to Rodriguez, it has been the weather that’s the problem, that Star Paving has built interim drainage according to state specifications.

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