SANTA CLARA, N.M. (KRQE) - The government shutdown is spilling over into the state's flood recovery.
FEMA has packed up and left the state.
Communities across the state have been pouring hundreds of thousands into flood recovery – money that the federal government said it would reimburse. But now the process is on hold.
Rushing waters ripped apart culverts, pushed boulders the size of cars down the canyon. Mud, tree limbs and debris washed out tribal roads.
The Santa Clara Pueblo was so badly damaged the feds declared it a disaster area freeing up federal money.
But just as flood waters came and went, so did FEMA.
The state got the news of FEMA's exit over the weekend.
FEMA would only have employees report who were essential for protecting life and property in the event of an ongoing emergency.
Since the danger is not immediate, New Mexico is off the priority list but small communities like Santa Clara say they're still feeling the pain financially.
Under an emergency declaration, the pueblo has made $400,000 in an effort to assist the community in recovering from this incident.
Communities across the state are paying for storm damage hoping for federal reimbursement.
But with FEMA on hold and the government shutdown continuing, the reimbursement process is delayed indefinitely.
Santa Clara's sheriff says the money the pueblo is using for the flood damage is being taken away from other services that the community needs.
The state's homeland security and emergency management department says communities that can't wait for federal reimbursement can call the state for help.
Recently, the governor signed an executive order releasing $750,000.
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