Flood damage to the Santa Clara Pueblo Tribe's lands in July 2013.

FEMA Declares Disaster for Santa Clara Pueblo Over Devastating July Floods


Santa Clara Pueblo has been declared a disaster for devastating storms and flooding that occurred in July, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced on Friday September 27.

The federal aid will supplement the tribe’s disaster-recover efforts as it cleans up from severe storms and flooding that occurred from July 19 through 21. Federal funding is also being made available for the tribe and some nonprofit private organizations helping in recovery, FEMA said. In addition, Federal Coordinating Officer for the recovery operation Nancy M. Casper could make additional designations as damage assessments progress.

The Santa Clara Pueblo have been flood-prone since their lands were devastated in the Las Conchas fire in 2011. In 2012 floods also swept through the tribe’s lands, causing enough damage to require a FEMA designation.

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Since then, the tribe has braced itself every time it rains.

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Summer 2013 brought more wet weather and caused similar damage as about three inches of rain pushed “a wall of water” through the Santa Clara’s lands, KRQE News reported in July.

“Application procedures for the tribal governments will be explained at a series of federal/tribal applicant briefings with locations to be announced in the affected area by recovery officials,” FEMA said in a fact sheet detailing how aid will be disseminated.