ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - The first sign of help has come for New Mexico from FEMA, following last month's heavy rainstorms.
The Santa Clara Pueblo is getting help now with a disaster declaration from the president. They have been approved for federal disaster aid.
This comes after FEMA came and then suddenly left when the government shutdown.
September floodwaters washed out tribal roads and ripped apart culverts. Mud, tree limbs and boulders the size of cars rushed down the canyon.
When FEMA arrived on scene, they declared the Santa Clara Pueblo a disaster area. They also made federal funds available, but when the government shutdown, they were called out.
The pueblo made $400,000 available to start clean up on their own.
Santa Clara was not the only ones hit hard last month.
The only two roads in Mogollon were wiped out and homeowners in Bernardo saw their living rooms turn in to small lakes.
In all, the state submitted about $16 million in damage to FEMA. However, after a closer look the state said that number is probably much, much higher.
New Mexico homeland security says the government shutdown delayed its September flood reimbursement applications.
FEMA will cover about 75 percent of the cost for the damage at the Santa Clara Pueblo.
The same will go for other areas that receive disaster aid.
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