VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT FOR SATURDAY CLEAN-UP OPERATIONS IN HATCH

VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT FOR SATURDAY CLEAN-UP OPERATIONS IN HATCH

Volunteers from Doña Ana County and surrounding areas who wish to assist the Village of Hatch with clean-up operations will be given their opportunity on Saturday, Aug. 19.

Volunteers should assemble at 9 a.m. at Hatch Valley High School, where they will be given their assignments. Volunteers are asked to bring gloves, safety glasses, shovels, rakes, brooms and other cleaning supplies.

Spanish-speaking volunteers are desperately needed, but no volunteers will be turned away. Volunteers should report to the Hatch High School main entrance at 119 E. Herrera, about one mile west of the I-25 exit into Hatch.

The Doña Ana County Utilities Department has stationed three semi-trailer containers around the community for trash collection, and the Hatch Convenience Station will remain open through the weekend to accept debris and trash. There also will be designated ground areas where trash can be deposited for disposal later in the week. The county is working with the village to empty dumpsters throughout the village as they fill.

A representative from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has visited the area and has condemned the Caballo Apartment Complex. All heads of household will be eligible for $7,500 in relocation assistance and can apply for an additional $20,000 loan at 1 percent interest. Ongoing assessments of other damage in the village are underway.

Sandbags continue to be filled using inmate labor from the Doña Ana County Detention Center and the Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility. Those sandbags will be allocated through Doña Ana County’s 16 volunteer fire stations as the need arises, in the event of further severe weather.

The Doña Ana County Emergency Operations Center remains activated with critical staff on hand and/or on call for disaster coordination assistance through the weekend.