Carlsbad City Council approves flood declaration for $1M in damages

Carlsbad City Councilors took the first step in applying for federal and state funds to repair more than $1 million dollars in flood damage caused by heavy rains in late June.

City of Carlsbad Deputy City Administrator KC Cass said the resolution assists the City when applying for available relief funds, read a memorandum to City Council.

The City’s declaration came nearly a week after the Eddy County Board of County Commissioners passed a similar resolution and nearly five days after New Mexico Lt. Gov. Howie Morales toured flood damaged water crossings with city officials.

“The City of Carlsbad will begin the assessment of the damage and prepare to apply for relief funding from agencies such as the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the United States Department of Homeland Security in order to alleviate the costs of repair,” the memo read.

From left: City of Carlsbad Deputy City Administrator KC Cass, Lt. Gov. Howie Morales and Scott Hicks of Smith Engineering survey damage from June floods in Carlsbad on July 9, 2021.

In the memo, Cass said heavy rains on June 29 resulted in flooding through the city’s drainages, including Dark Canyon, Rocky Arroyo, Little McKittrick Draw and Hackberry View Draw.

“This flooding of the major drainages resulted in the inundation and damaging of multiple low-water crossings,” he wrote in the memo.

The estimated cost of damages to the San Jose Boulevard low-water crossing, the Hidalgo Road low-water crossing, and the Callaway Drive low-water crossing varied.