SANDBAGS AT A PREMIUM AS RAINS CONTINUE TO SOAK DOÑA ANA COUNTY

SANDBAGS AT A PREMIUM AS RAINS CONTINUE TO SOAK DOÑA ANA COUNTY

Ongoing heavy rains across Doña Ana County are rapidly diminishing the county’s supply of sandbags, according to Doña Ana County Fire Marshal Paul Chavez, who said the county’s Emergency Operations Center is on standby status in the event that coordinated resources are needed due to flooding.

Chavez said inmates at the Doña Ana County Detention Center have filled hundreds of bags for distribution and the facility is now awaiting a shipment of new sand to resume the project. Meanwhile, inmates at the Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility west of Las Cruces are filling bags supplied by the Doña Ana County Office of Emergency Management.

Both the Village of Hatch and the City of Sunland Park requested large allocations of empty sandbags, which have been delivered. Residents who desire sandbags are advised to first call their local Volunteer Fire Department station. If supplies there have been depleted, empty bags are available by calling the Doña Ana County Flood Commission offices at (575) 647-7256.

Chavez said northern Doña Ana County and the East Mesa areas have been hit particularly hard today, and some roads have been temporarily closed due to fast-running water or erosion. Doña Ana County Public Works teams are deploying equipment and manpower as needed to areas identified by law enforcement authorities.

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