Governor surveys flood damage in NM
The storms have left behind plenty of flooding and damage around the state. Governor Susana Martinez toured some of those places Saturday.
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#1 Sep 16, 2013
The Martinez administration has been complacent about dam safety. Now we have disasters. New Mexico has over 210 high hazard dams. What is Governor Martinez doing about this? She simply issued a state of emergency for the entire state, citing “historic, record-breaking rainfall”. She needs to do a lot more about our dams and levees in the future. Greg
New Mexico’s dam safety program has 6 Full-Time Employees that each oversee an average of 51.2 state regulated dams.
New Mexico has 210 high hazard dams.
22% of the state regulated dams in New Mexico have an Emergency Action Plan.
New Mexico’s state dam safety program has an annual budget of only $544,322.
#2 Sep 20, 2013
Blame complacency for all administrations since the dams were first built. Soil, rocks, boulders tumbling down dry washes, river beds, etc. Is a natural process and the natural process IS going to grade how well a dam is built. Flood plains can extend out for one to two miles laterally. Just look at boulders larger than semi trucks strewn across the desert. Stupid enough to build around them, there goes the house.Nothing new here.
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