SANTA CLARA PUEBLO, N.M. (KRQE) - The heavy rains sent a wall of water rushing through a portion of New Mexico that's been devastated by flooding for the third year now.
Sunday, another storm had emergency crews on standby.
The governor of Santa Clara Pueblo, Joseph Bruce Tafoya, surveyed the damage and considered if they need to declare another state of emergency.
"We never had nothing like this come down from the canyon," said Tafoya.
Governor Tafoya said it was like deja vu Sunday morning.
The destruction is evident, the rushing waters ripped apart culverts, pushed boulders the size of cars down the canyon. Tons of mud and tree limbs were washed onto over-passes and damaged tribal roads.
Reservoirs that are supposed to slow down the water were completely washed out. A barn was flooded, and a water pump for livestock was washed away.
But it could have been worse. Thankfully, the water rushed right past the Pueblo, right past homes.
"Before there was a time it took about an hour-and-a-half to come, but in this situation it came down in 45 minutes," said Tafoya.
The governor said Saturday night he was nervous that wasn't going to be the case.
"We're estimating about a nine-foot wall of water coming down," Tafoya said.
The heavy rains were one factor, the other, the burn scar from the Las Conchas fire. The massive wildfire destroyed more than 150,000 acres.
"As you know 80 percent of our forest is gone, so there's nothing there to hold and then we have four retention ponds that are compromised and overflow," said Tafoya.
Sunday, emergency crews are on standby once again. One storm had already hit by Sunday afternoon, and chances for more rain in that area are in the forecast for the next few days.
"Yes, we feel very lucky, we were prepared but now we have another storm approaching from northwest, that is the one we're concerned about," said Tafoya.
The pueblo declared a state of emergency last year and in 2011 for flooding. Since then, they've invested tens of millions of tribal, state and federal funding into flood mitigation projects.
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