SOCORRO COUNTY N.M. (KRQE) - Gov. Susana Martinez met with local officials Monday as she toured flooded areas around the state. Three flood-damaged areas were on her agenda.
One of the main roads in Bernardo is flooded so badly Socorro County emergency crews are working with Belen and Valencia counties to make sure paramedics there can help respond in case of an emergency.
Martinez got a good view from above, flying through the state in a helicopter.
She saw the damage in Bluewater near Grants, where she began Monday afternoon. Local officials briefed her on the situation there. Floodwaters took on Bluewater over the weekend leaving widespread damage.
The governor arrived in Bernardo to see what looks like a giant lake under a bridge just off I-25.
Officials say the water is 4 feet deep in some areas, with about 2 feet covering a road that actually leads to other cities including Mountainair.
In Bernardo, about eight or nine families who live in the area were asked to leave, but most stayed anyway.
The governor described this as a historic time in New Mexico in terms of flooding.
“It's disheartening to see this, but we were in a drought,” Martinez said. “We had a little more water than we needed. There will be damage from it, but we're ready to take care of that."
The governor declared a state of emergency Friday, releasing up to $750,000 to help local governments fix infrastructure like roads and bridges.
On Monday, she said it does look like she may have to issue another executive order to free up more money, but the state is also applying for a federal declaration to help cover those costs.
After her stop in Socorro County, the governor also traveled to Santa Rosa where flooding washed out roads and buckled pavement.
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