Raton declares disaster due to rain, flooding

August 6, 2013 • State News

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 [auth] 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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