Public input sought on Aztec flooding

The Daily Times staff

FARMINGTON – The city of Aztec and consultant engineers from AECOM will host a community input meeting from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at City Hall, 201 W. Chaco St. in Aztec, to kick off the Blanco Arroyo Drainage Study.


The city entered into a contract with AECOM in January to study the flow of water in the Blanco Arroyo, which runs through several historic neighborhoods and by Aztec High School. Flood waters in the Blanco Arroyo have damaged infrastructure and houses in Aztec during monsoon events in 2013 and 2015. The water in the arroyo also caused significant damage to the Aztec Museum and Pioneer Village. Following the 2013 storms, the museum was forced to close early for the season to do repairs. The 2015 floods also caused damage, including damaging a retaining wall.

AECOM engineers will be seeking comments from the public, including specific information relating to flooding caused by water from the Blanco Arroyo, according to a press release from the city of Aztec. The engineers are particularly interested in photographs and rain gauge information.

The meeting will include a short presentation starting shortly after 6 p.m. in the City Commission room.

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