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Due to ongoing rains and increasing flood-waters, the Pueblo of Santa Clara has initiated voluntary evacuations for low-lying areas of the pueblo as advised by the National Weather Service (NWS).
“The rain has been constant over the past few days,” said Regis Chavarria, Santa Clara tribal sheriff. “As a result, the ground is saturated. It can’t hold much more water so we’re seeing increasing flows throughout the pueblo.”
Approximately two dozen residents living on Winter Rd., Lower Canyon Rd. and Eagle Plume Rd. are affected.
The voluntary evacuations are a precaution for residents whose homes are situated in recognized flood planes. Residents are not required to leave, but are being advised that there is a danger of flooding.
A regional shelter for displaced residents from throughout the area has been set up at the Santa Claran Events Center at the Santa Claran Hotel in Espanola. The Red Cross has been notified and has promised to send resources to assist these efforts.
NWS says it expects up to six-inches of rain to fall in the area. Chavarria estimates approximately four-inches of rain has fallen in the region since Monday.