EMERGENCY OPERATION CENTER REMAINS OPEN, CREWS DEPLOYED

EMERGENCY OPERATION CENTER REMAINS OPEN, CREWS DEPLOYED

With more rains probable in the forecast for Doña Ana County, the Emergency Operations Center remains activated, staffed and capable of coordinating further relief efforts to areas hard hit by flash flooding and storm runoff.

Powerful storms late Wednesday have county road crews busy in rural areas west of the City of Las Cruces, as well as in the communities of Le Mesa and Chaparral.

The Doña Ana County Flood Commission continues to monitor flow levels in the Rio Grande, as well as the structural integrity of various flood-control structures throughout the county. Those structures all appear sound at this time. Residents of low-lying areas remain on elevated-alert status as river levels fluctuate.

Clean-up and recovery efforts continue in the Village of Hatch, with a host of federal, state, county and local agencies assisting the residents in gaining access to homes and businesses that were under water on Tuesday. Heavy equipment is assisting with mud and silt removal, and the American Red Cross continues to operate a shelter at Hatch High School.

Classes throughout the Hatch School District are suspended until Aug. 28 to allow families to work together on recovery efforts, and to keep the high school open as a shelter. Staff members within the district are asked to return to work on Aug. 23.

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