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NM lawmakers petition president for FEMA funds

Updated: 10/24/2013 12:56 PM | Created: 10/24/2013 12:11 PM

All members of New Mexico's congressional delegation have banded together to urge President Obama to respond to requests for disaster assistance after the 100 Year Flood.

The state is asking the federal government for help with hazard mitigation and to repair public infrastructure damaged between Sept. 9 and Sept. 22. Lawmakers said historic rainfall and flooding damaged about two-thirds of the state, killed two people and forced numerous others to evacuate to Red Cross shelters.

The floods also destroyed roads, bridges and several federal facilities, including the Los Alamos National Lab site and the Gila National Forest's Catwalk Trail, which was completely destroyed.

FEMA has spent the last several weeks evaluating the damage. Nearly half of the state's counties have declared disasters or emergencies as result of the floods.

"In light of the ongoing losses and possible long-term impacts from this extreme weather, we would request your expedited attention to the State of New Mexico's request for disaster designation and assistance," the delegation wrote. "The result of the September storms and flooding has been community evacuations, public infrastructure damage, landslides, and damaged homes throughout the state... We appreciate this quick action to assist the state."

Flooding in Rio Arriba County.
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