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Flood waters hit Santa Clara Pueblo

Updated: 07/21/2013 5:33 PM | Created: 07/21/2013 4:11 PM
By: Mike Anderson, KOB Eyewitness News 4

The Santa Clara Canyon got more than two inches of rainfall yesterday, sending a nine foot wall of water downstream toward the Santa Clara Pueblo.

Homes weren’t hit and no one was injured, but the water caused major damage throughout the canyon.

KOB Eyewitness News 4’s Chopper 4 flew overhead Sunday afternoon to survey the damage.

Floods knocked down trees and washed away parts of roads near the intersection of Tribal Roads 601 and 602. 

Flash flooding is always a concern in the area because of the Los Conchas Fire burn scar.

The tribal sheriff says he’ll likely ask Santa Clara Pueblo’s governor to declare a state of emergency.

That would allow them to use emergency money for cleanup and damage control.

On Monday, crews will send heavy equipment into the canyon to clear debris.

It is closed to the public until further notice.


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