FEMA to survey Los Alamos County after disaster declaration

Posted at: 09/20/2013 10:36 AM
By: Elizabeth Reed, KOB.com

A rockslide on NM 4 during storms near Los Alamos.
A rockslide on NM 4 during storms near Los Alamos.
Photo: Courtesy: John Williams

As the 100 year flood continues to cost the state millions of dollars, FEMA is expected to tour at least one county on Friday.

Los Alamos County Administrator Harry Burgess confirmed FEMA's damage assessment team would visit Los Alamos after he issued a disaster declaration yesterday. The county estimates storm damage will cost more than $5 million to fix.

"The effects of the storm have proven to be more extensive than first realized, which is the reason for issuance of the declaration a week after the storms passed," Burgess said. "We have infrastructure that will require significant and costly repairs."

The county sent FEMA and the state photos showing damage to everything from roads and culverts to retaining walls and utility lines. In addition, the Los Alamos Reservoir received massive storm water run-off containing large logs and debris.

"We have quite a bit of work that lies ahead of us in the coming weeks and months to recover, and no indication just yet of the possibility of emergency funds, which would enable us to chart a timeline for repairs," Burgess said.

Other counties and cities across the state are starting to release their storm damage estimates, including Chaves County, which officials said totaled $1.5 million. In Roswell, damage is estimated at $125,000 dollars.