Santa Fe still assessing flood damage following record-breaking storm
August 03, 2018 11:22 AM
SANTA FE, N.M. - The city of Santa Fe is starting to get a better picture of how much damage a record-breaking storm in July caused.
“The most rain we got in Santa Fe was 3.7 inches, about a mile south, southwest of the plaza,” said David Silver, the city’s emergency management director. “That’s some of the most rain we’ve seen in Santa Fe historically.”
Silver said teams from the Federal Emergency Management Agency arrived in Santa Fe on Monday to help assess the flood damage.
Assessments are still ongoing, but as of Tuesday, the city identified 11 structures that were destroyed, 51 structures with major damage and 52 structures with minor damage.
“We gather that information, FEMA gathers that information, it goes to the state, the governor makes a determination if we’re eligible for a state declaration and then it goes up to the federal level for the same type of analysis,” said Silver.
Meanwhile, the city says other agencies have stepped up to help flood victims.
“This past weekend, we worked with the American Red Cross, Salvation Army, Southern Baptist Relief and Team Rubicon, to have a resource center here in Santa Fe for folks impacted by the storms,” said Silver. “They did a number of different things, including debris cleanup and there were some immediate financial aid available.”
The New Mexico Department of Corrections also stepped in making 2,500 sandbags that were delivered to five different state buildings.
To report flood damage at a home or business you can call the Constituent Services Hotline at (505) 955-6949.
Updated: August 03, 2018 11:22 AM
Created: August 02, 2018 06:57 PM
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