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Rural Partners Network hosts Federal partners on a tour of flood infrastructure, accredited culinary certification projects in Southern New Mexico

Source: Rural Partners Network

In New Mexico, the Doña Ana County Community Network hosted a tour for Federal partners who attended the Voices of the Community New Mexico Partner Forum on March 12, 2024. The focus was on flooding infrastructure and a university-backed certification for meat-processing professionals in Southern New Mexico.

Attendees from USDA Rural Development, the White House, Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) began their tour in La Union, New Mexico a small colonia community who is on the path to recovery after multiple years of monsoon-related flooding. The most recent flooding event occurred in August of 2021 where a dam breach caused severe damage and flooding to a large portion of this underserved, low-income colonia community. 

RPN’s Community Network Liaison, Patricia Villalobos, in collaboration with Doña Ana County Flood Commission, and FEMA have worked to assist the community with ponding and storm drain projects. Mr. John Gwynne, Director of Doña Ana County Flood Commission and Mr. Michael Ku, Mitigation Advisor of FEMA were present to provide the group with history, challenges, and current projects that are being designed and developed for flood control.