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Dona Ana County commissioners agree they need state help
By: Jamel Valencia
DONA ANA COUNTY, N.M. -- On Monday, Dona Ana County commissioners declared a state of disaster.
That declaration gives access to state funds.
The county needs to repair some of the damage from the recent flooding.
The hardest hit area in Dona Ana County was the Village of La Union, where two 50-year-old dams were breached during the flooding.
"There have been roads that have been damaged there have been utilities damaged buildings damaged people dislocated. So what we did today [Monday] was to approve a resolution that declares Dona Ana County a disaster area," said county commissioner for district. 1, Billy Garrett.
Dona Ana County does have a half-million dollar emergency fund in place.
Meanwhile, county building inspectors were slated to go to La Union Monday morning to assess damaged structures.