DENTON, Texas - Nearly $1.4 million was awarded recently to the Pueblo of Acoma in New Mexico by the Federal Emergency Management Agency for repair of the Anzac Irrigation Channel System.
Nearly five miles of the concrete-lined channel received severe damage as a result of torrential rains and severe flooding in Cibola County in July and August 2010. Structural flaws and damages were revealed following the removal of accumulated silt from the channel.
"We remain committed to assisting tribal nations as they recover from natural disasters and rebuild critical infrastructure," said FEMA Region 6 Administrator Tony Robinson. "The Pueblo of Acoma has a strong agricultural heritage. Rebuilding the channel will ensure necessary irrigation for tribal farmlands in the future."
This grant is part of $3.7 million obligated to the Pueblo of Acoma, and part of more than $11.6 million in Public Assistance grants that have been obligated to the state of New Mexico related to the severe storms and flooding in the summer of 2010. The funding awarded represents a 75 percent federal cost share. FEMA awards funding for projects directly to the state of New Mexico; the state then forwards the grant to the eligible applicant.
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