San Juan County declares state of disaster after storm

Roswell flooding

AZTEC, N.M. (AP) – The San Juan County Commission has declared a state of disaster following a violent storm that swept through Aztec and caused what officials estimate is more than $1 million in damage.

The Daily Times reports the commission approved the resolution Tuesday, allowing the county to request state funds to repair public property that was damaged by the Aug. 26 storm.

Officials say the storm’s quick rainfall overwhelmed culverts, cut streams into dirt roads, flooded buildings and closed SunRay Park & Casino’s horse racing track for the season.

Clay Anderson, a National Weather Service meteorologist, says Aztec and nearby communities was hit with heavy rainfall that totaled between 1.5 and 2 inches. Some residents reported almost 4 inches of rain during the storm.

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