Santa Clara Indian Reservation has lost 16,600 acres of land due to the Las Conchas fire this summer. This acreage counts for 80% of Santa Clara forestlands, including the reservation watershed.
“Severely burned soils can be as water repellant as pavement, with rapid runoff instead of absorption. Even a short period of moderate rainfall can lead to flash floods or debris flows,” said US Forest Service Fire Management personnel. “Rapidly moving flood waters can pick up large amounts of debris that can damage or destroy culverts, bridges roadways, and buildings.”
Due to the coming monsoon season Santa Clara Pueblo began to put up concrete barriers and sandbags along Santa Clara Creek. However, the work is not over yet. The Pueblo will continue to prepare for potential flooding, but needs the help of community volunteers.
Starting today the Pueblo asks neighbors, friends, and concerned New Mexicans to held a hand and assist in continued sandbagging.