New Mexico tribe to get more federal disaster help

SANTA CLARA PUEBLO, N.M. (AP) — Federal officials say a New Mexico tribe will see an increase in federal disaster aid as it continues to recover from flooding that occurred several years ago.

A significant portion of Santa Clara Pueblo's watershed was wiped out by wildfire in 2011 and the flooding that followed.

President Donald Trump recently authorized an increase in the level of funding for public projects undertaken as a result of flooding that occurred during the summer of 2012.

Under the disaster declaration issued for the state in August 2012, the federal share for public assistance was 75 percent of total eligible costs. Trump's order increases that to 90 percent for the pueblo.

The tribe is in the midst of rehabilitating the Santa Clara Creek and surrounding areas by building erosion-control structures and replanting.