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Martinez Declares State of Emergency due to Impending Flood Threat

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Rainfall across New Mexico has been minimal in 2011, but with recent wildfires and ongoing drought conditions raising the possibility serious flooding could occur, Gov. Susana Martinez is taking action.

Martinez signed an emergency declaration today that authorizes $750,000 to be spent to pay for flood preparation work in the state’s most vulnerable areas.

“After a long drought and fires, conditions exist that could lead to increased flooding throughout the state,” Martinez said in a statement.

Areas considered to be “high-risk” include Santa Clara Pueblo, Cochiti Canyon and Ruidoso Downs, but other areas could also be hard hit if heavy rains fall.

The National Weather Service has predicted in thunderstorms over this weekend and during next week as the annual monsoon season could begin in earnest.

The flood preparations include the actions being taken by two state agencies, the Department of Transportation and the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, which are working to clean debris from culverts and ditches statewide.

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