Kewa Pueblo residents urged to leave damaged homes

Sante Fe, New Mexico (AP) October 2010

Tribal officials are urging about 100 residents of Sandoval County’s Kewa Pueblo to leave their storm-damaged homes because of mold.

An Oct. 2 hailstorm damaged about 90 percent of the 600 homes on the pueblo and most now have mold problems. Pueblo incident commander Mike Calabaza tells the Santa Fe New Mexican that the hail punched holes through roofs and flooded houses with several inches of water.

The pueblo has set up temporary shelters in town office buildings for people who live in about 20 homes that suffered the worst damage. But many of those people are refusing to leave their houses.

Gov. Bill Richardson declared Kewa Pueblo a disaster area on Sunday, a move that frees up $250,000 in state aid.

Kewa Pueblo used to be called Santo Domingo.