Governor Proposes $3.6 Million for Ruidoso Flood Recovery

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Governor Richardson is proposing 3.6 million dollars in state aid to help the Ruidoso area recover from massive flooding.

The emergency funding would have to be approved by legislators meeting in a special session that's scheduled to start Friday.

The money would be used to rebuild roads and bridges damaged by the flood that swept through the mountain resort community July 27th.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency says the flood cost nearly 4 million dollars. That figure doesn't include damage to private property.

But Ruidoso deputy village manager Bill Morris says the price tag could end up being at least 50 percent higher.

The flood -- caused by the remnants of Hurricane Dolly - killed one man, damaged about 200 homes and destroyed eight bridges when the Rio Ruidoso jumped its banks.