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Friday, June 13, 2014 - 7:47pm
New Mexico Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced Friday that more than $6 million in federal relief funding will be awarded to the city of Alamogordo to clear out debris and sediment that flowed into Bonito when monsoonal rains caused heavy flooding and runoff from the Little Bear Fire burn scar. The lake is used for drinking water and recreation and is owned and maintained by the city of Alamogordo but located in Lincoln County.
The funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will assist with the costs associated with cleaning an estimated 250,000 cubic yards of ash, silt, and partially burnt trees from Bonito Lake. In June 2012, the Little Bear Fire burned almost 45,000 acres, becoming one of the most destructive fires in state history. Many communities experienced heavy post-fire flooding as a result of the runoff from the fire burn scar.
The $6,100,602 in funding will be awarded directly to the state of New Mexico on behalf of Alamogordo, and is expected to cover 75 percent of project costs associated with restoring Bonito Lake through sediment and debris removal.