Friday evening July 26, 2019, my mother’s condo, below the construction on East Road where the new roundabout is being installed, was flooded.
I was on my way home from Santa Fe, when my Mom called right before I reached the “dead zone” and hurriedly exclaimed, “water and mud are coming in my house!”
When I finally had service again and was able to call her and connect in the police dispatcher, he told me he’d send the Fire Department. I couldn’t help but wonder what the Fire Department could do, after all this was a flood, not a fire.
The first engine arrived a few minutes after I did. They assessed the situation, three inches of standing water and a lot of mud in the entire first floor of her condo, and went to work.
They called in two other engines and the firefighters efficiently moved all her belongings outside, squeegeed the water out of her house, mopped and sucked up the remaining water with a shop vac.
In little more than an hour, her house was rid of excess water and the furniture was back in place. Everyone on the crew was kind, helpful, respectful of her belongings, and reassuring to her about this catastrophe.
We are so glad, proud and thankful to have such a great team at the Los Alamos Fire Department.
Jane Johnson (Mom)