Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced Friday an emergency declaration for Las Vegas, N.M., because of ashy sediment and debris from a widespread burn scar that are threatening the city’s water system.

The executive orders make $2.25 million in state emergency funding available to assist the city with measures such as buying a pre-treatment system to filter the contaminated water flowing from the Gallinas River.

The governor’s orders followed an emergency declaration Thursday by Las Vegas Mayor Louie Trujillo after utility managers determined the city would have less than 50 days of water that could be made drinkable.

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