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Pres. Obama Grants NM's Disaster Declaration Request

PHOTO: President Obama is saying 'yes' to New Mexico's request for more help to recover from September's massive flooding. Photo courtesy of the White House.
PHOTO: President Obama is saying 'yes' to New Mexico's request for more help to recover from September's massive flooding. Photo courtesy of the White House.
October 31, 2013

SANTA FE, N.M. – President Barack Obama is saying yes to New Mexico's request for more help to recover from September's massive flooding.

The state's congressional delegation requested that the president issue a Major Disaster Declaration for New Mexico and the Santa Clara Pueblo.

The flooding and storms damaged homes, water systems, roads, bridges and other public infrastructure across much of the state and on tribal lands.

Paula Garcia, executive director of the New Mexico Acequia Association, says the state can't afford all the repairs on its own.

"In areas where there was flooding, the impacts ranged from silting of irrigation structures and water storage facilities, to complete destruction of water diversion and irrigation ditches," she explains.

Heavy rains fell between September 9 and September 22.

Garcia explains federal funds will help city and county governments cover millions of dollars in repairs.

"Without this kind of infusion and investment of resources, the burden of these repairs would fall on local government,” she says, “and local governments are really strapped."

There are estimates that repairing the flood damage could cost up to $100 million.


Troy Wilde, Public News Service - NM