SANTA CLARA PUEBLO, N.M. (KRQE) - Nearly three inches of rain pushed a wall of water through the tribal land of the Santa Clara Pueblo overnight, an area that has been devastated by flooding before.
Pueblo officials say emergency crews are on standby, watching and waiting to see what the next storm will bring.
Saturday night, pueblo officials say a nine foot wall of water washed through the Santa Clara Canyon.
Pueblo officials say the damage is similar to last years with lots of floating debris, damaged culverts and roads, particularly some tribal roads.
Mud and tree limbs could be seen covering some of the overpasses.
No pueblo structures were damaged, but there is a lot to clean up.
The flooding continues to happen because of the Las Conchas Fire burn scar. Eighty percent of the forest burned in 2011.
The tribe, along with the state and federal government has already poured millions into rehab work since then. It has flooded every summer since.
Now the water runs right off of the hillsides, through the pueblo and roads.
What typically takes almost two hours for rain water to come down,reached the canyon within 45 minutes.
"Yes we feel very lucky we were prepared but now we have another storm approaching from the northwest so that's the one were' concerned about," Governor Joseph Bruce Tafoya said.
The pueblo' sheriff says he will most likely ask the pueblo governor to declare another state of emergency.
That will help release more funding for clean-up and further damage control.
The pueblo declared a state of emergency last year and in 2011for flooding.
Since then, they have invested more than $12 million of tribal, state and federal into flood mitigation projects.
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