NM re­quests help for Acoma Pue­blo

Albuquerque Journal - - METRO & NM -

ACOMA PUE­BLO — New Mex­ico’s con­gres­sional del­e­ga­tion is ask­ing the fed­eral gov­ern­ment for help as a Na­tive Amer­i­can com­mu­nity in the state is re­cov­er­ing from the ef­fects of se­vere weather and flood­ing.

The del­e­ga­tion says a storm in early Oc­to­ber dam­aged roads, bridges and sewer lines at Acoma Pue­blo.

They also say de­bris and wreck­age piled up af­ter the storm cre­ated treach­er­ous driv­ing con­di­tions along a 10-mile stretch, iso­lat­ing part of the pue­blo’s lands.

In a let­ter sent Tues­day to Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, the law­mak­ers said the con­di­tions af­fected mem­bers through­out the ru­ral com­mu­nity, in­clud­ing those look­ing to gather fire­wood to heat their homes and ranch­ers who wanted to en­sure their cat­tle had feed.

The pue­blo’s re­quest for a dis­as­ter dec­la­ra­tion states that dam­ages have been as­sessed at $2 mil­lion.

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