HATCH BUSINESS DISTRICT REOPENING FOR FOOD, FUEL

HATCH BUSINESS DISTRICT REOPENING FOR FOOD, FUEL

The American Red Cross is reporting that selected businesses in Hatch - including grocery stores and gasoline stations - are reopening for business today as the community continues to recover from Tuesday’s flooding.

Displaced residents are being allowed by law enforcement back into many areas to assess damage and to begin clean-up and repairs. Some residences and businesses are habitable with remedial cleaning and rehabilitation.

More than 100 structures sustained serious damage that will require weeks or months of work before normalcy resumes.

Floodwaters continue to be pumped into canals from the lowest-lying areas, and heavy equipment is moving mud and debris away from structures and off roadways within the village.

The New Mexico State Police retains control of the incident command center in Hatch, where local resources are being managed and access to specific areas is being authorized.

An official from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is expected in Doña Ana County today to conduct a preliminary damage assessment. Residents seeking FEMA assistance can register by calling 1 (800) 621-3362. FEMA’s website can be accessed at www.fema.gov.

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Reporters seeking more information or interviews may call county Public Information Director Jess Williams at (505) 647-7914.