Martinez Releases Funds For Flood Preparation

New Mexico – Gov. Susana Martinez has declared a state of emergency for New Mexico to free up funds as the state prepares for possible flooding problems.

Martinez says that after a long drought and recent wildfires, conditions exist that could lead to increased flooding throughout New Mexico.

Her declaration Friday allows the state to provide counties, cities, and pueblos with additional resources in preparation for flooding.

The assistance will help higher risk areas such as those surrounding Cochiti Canyon, Ruidoso Downs or the Santa Clara Pueblo.

Martinez says it also will allow for higher statewide preparedness for flooding with heavy rains predicted this weekend.

The declaration allocates $750,000 to help pay for the movement and placement of materials around the state as well as the provision of technical assessment assistance where needed.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.