911 EQUIPMENT DAMAGED BY FLOOD, CALLS ROUTED TO ALTERNATE SITES, CALL-ANSWERING DELAYS ARE LIKELY

911 EQUIPMENT DAMAGED BY FLOOD, CALLS ROUTED TO ALTERNATE SITES, CALL-ANSWERING DELAYS ARE LIKELY

Emergency 911 calls to the Mesilla Valley Regional Dispatch Authority have been routed to an alternate site, which may result in longer waits before calls are answered.

Flooding caused by heavy rain early Friday damaged equipment at the MVRDA offices in downtown Las Cruces.

Technicians from Doña Ana County, the City of Las Cruces
and Qwest are working together to repair the affected equipment. Parts are being brought to Las Cruces from Albuquerque to repair the damage. In the meantime, the MVRDA staff is working from an approved back-up site to handle all incoming calls until the issue is resolved.

There is no timetable for the repairs at this time. As always, the public is asked to refrain from calling 911 for non-emergencies. Those who do call are asked to be patient.

The non-emergency number – which also has been routed to an alternate site – is (575) 526-0795.

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Reporters seeking more information or interviews may call county Public Information Director Jess Williams at (575) 525-5801.