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New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez issues emergency declaration because of recent flooding

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SANTA FE, New Mexico — Gov. Susana Martinez has issued an executive order that provides up to $750,000 in emergency aid to help deal with recent flooding.

The emergency declaration on Wednesday also authorizes the use of National Guard troops if needed to provide assistance.

Martinez spokesman Enrique Knell said no troops have been dispatched.

County commissions in Guadalupe, Rio Arriba, Sandoval and Taos counties have issued emergency declarations because of flooding from recent heavy rains.

The state Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management will coordinate requests for assistance.

The state aid can help with a wide range of efforts to protect the public, including temporary lodging and shelters, health care, food and transportation.

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