SANTA CLARA PUEBLO, N.M. (AP) — More than $2.8 million in federal funds are being made available to Santa Clara Pueblo to help with flood recovery.
The money will go toward the installation of debris collection [auth] structures. The structures will reduce the flow of runoff being washed into the side canyons that lead to Santa Clara Creek Canyon.
The pueblo became eligible for funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency as a result of a disaster declaration that was made in August 2012 in response to severe flooding that summer.
The flooding was the result of runoff from the Las Conchas burn scar. The 2011 wildfire raced across more than 230 square miles, including lands held sacred by the pueblo.
Members of New Mexico’s congressional delegation say the pueblo has waited too long for the relief funds.