As many of you know, Santa Fe and the surrounding area recently sustained a “1000 year flood.” La Cienega was hit hard and El Rancho de las Golondrinas sustained major damage as our performance, wedding and burro fields were all flooded and covered with mud and silt. Fences were downed and access to the Raton School House, El Molino Grande and Sierra Village was blocked when the road and bridge to the backside of the Ranch were destroyed by flood waters.
Staff immediately brought in heavy equipment to remove mud and debris, and purchased materials to rebuild the road and bridge. Because of the swift action of staff, the other side of the Museum is already back open. However, there is still more work to do repairing fences, cleaning up debris and removing an enormous logjam further down La Cienega Creek on Museum property. If not removed, this logjam could cause further flooding and damage in the event of heavy rains. We also need to repair our acequia infrastructure as we are currently unable to sufficiently water our historic fields and may lose our crops. As you know, our crops are a major part of our educational programming, are a fundamental part of who we are and are vital to the success of our long-standing Harvest Festival.