Raton declares disaster due to rain, flooding

Posted at: 08/07/2013 8:43 AM
By: The Associated Press

RATON, N.M. (AP) - Raton city commissioners have declared a disaster because of recent heavy rains and flooding.

Mayor Bobby Ledoux describes pot holes around the northeastern New Mexico community as immense and says some streets have been destroyed.

Ledoux estimates it would take close to $5 million to repair the city's streets. He says that's money Raton doesn't have.

City commissioners voted in favor of the disaster declaration during a special meeting Monday. Ledoux says it's unclear whether the move will improve the city's chances of tapping into state emergency funding.

Gov. Susana Martinez declared a statewide emergency in July due to severe storms and flooding. That provided $500,000 to the state Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management for a wide range of aid, including for emergency shelter, food and health care.

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