New Mexicans Face Burn Scar Flood to Receive FEMA Aid

More federal aid is on the way to help people suffering from wildfires and floods. KOAT has been reporting in recent weeks on the New Mexicans devastated by the monsoon floods. Some people in those areas told us that FEMA denied them. With the recently announced expanded disaster relief efforts, those people could now qualify for that federal aid. President Joe Biden visited our state two months ago and approved federal aid for New Mexicans, but it was only for those who have suffered damage from wildfires. I am well aware that the people in those affected areas are going through a difficult time,” said FEMA coordination officer Sandra Eslinger. Now the floods of burning scars are decimating Northern New Mexico. “When you see that water flowing and coming out of the acequia, that’s the scary part. I went to visit FEMA, and they turned me down,” said Margaret and John Sanchez, who live in areas affected by burns. With the comprehensive disaster relief, those New Mexicans can get the help they need. Dasha Castillo is a spokesperson for FEMA. “There is now a disaster relief opportunity available for flooding, mud and debris damage,” Castillo said. Residents in Mora, Lincoln, Colfax, San Miguel and Valencia counties can now qualify for FEMA flood assistance. Even if they already received help for damage caused by the forest fires. FEMA representatives say that if someone has already registered for wildfire assistance, they don’t need to register again for flooding. Castillo said, “You get an inspector to come in to assess the damage, and that starts the repair process.” FEMA assistance will be situation-specific. Location and circumstances such as insurance will play a role in who is approved for that assistance. FEMA tells KOAT they are working to extend the registration deadline, but at the moment it is still August 4. To register, call 1-800-621-3362 or visit https://www.koat. com/article/as-seen-on-7-links/33572836.

More federal aid is on the way to help people suffering from wildfires and floods.

KOAT has been reporting in recent weeks on the New Mexicans devastated by the monsoon floods. Some people in those areas told us that FEMA denied them. With the recently announced expanded disaster relief efforts, those people could now qualify for that federal aid.

President Joe Biden visited our state two months ago and approved federal aid for New Mexicans, but it was only for those damaged by wildfires.

“We are well aware that the people in those affected areas are going through a difficult time,” said FEMA coordination officer Sandra Eslinger.

Now floods from burns are decimating northern New Mexico.

“When you see that water flowing and coming out of the acequia, that’s the scary part. I went to visit FEMA, and they turned me away,” said Margaret and John Sanchez, who live in burn-flooded areas.

With the comprehensive disaster relief, those New Mexicans can get the help they need.

Dasha Castillo is a spokesperson for FEMA.

“There is now a disaster relief opportunity available for flooding, mud and debris,” Castillo said.

Residents of Mora, Lincoln, Colfax, San Miguel and Valencia counties can now qualify for FEMA flood assistance. Even if they already received help for damage caused by the forest fires. FEMA representatives say that if someone has already registered for wildfire assistance, they don’t need to register again for flooding.

Castillo said, “You get an inspector who comes in to assess the damage, and that starts the repair process.”

FEMA assistance will be situation specific. Location and circumstances such as insurance will play a role in who is approved for that assistance. FEMA tells KOAT they are working on extending the registration deadline, but at the moment it is still August 4.

To register, call 1-800-621-3362 or visit https://www.koat.com/article/as-seen-on-7-links/33572836.

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