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Recovery efforts in Santa Fe could be just beginning after this week's storms

Ryan Laughlin
July 29, 2018 05:11 PM

SANTA FE, N.M. – Officials in Santa Fe said cleanup efforts after devastating floods in our state's capital last week could continue for weeks. Now some residents are concerned they could end up underwater financially.


"When the wall broke it just came through like a river," said Daniel Rapatz, who's been at his mother’s home all week cleaning up. "My mom is a retired state employee on a pension. She barely gets enough out of her retirement to get by."

His mother, Bernice Garduno, is expecting the insurance company to come by on Monday, but she’s not anticipating good news. Most of the damage is to her fences, shed and carport.

She said her insurance company won’t cover damages outside her home.

However, it’s possible federal funds could soon find their way to Santa Fe and other parts of the state.

In a statement on Friday, Santa Fe city officials said they’re preparing a damage assessment for FEMA officials, though it's unclear when they will arrive. KOB called and emailed FEMA to ask if this would lead to federal relief funds, but our calls were not returned. 

At least one new group did have boots on the ground in Santa Fe. Team Rubicon, a nonprofit group that organizes military veterans to disaster areas, had around a dozen people helping remove debris on Saturday.

The Emergency Operation Center will be closed on Sunday and re-open on Monday, but resources will still be available at the Genoveva Chavez Community Center through the weekend. 

The city of Santa Fe said that on Monday they’ll use rented heavy machinery to move the larger pieces of debris.


Ryan Laughlin

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