RIO GRANDE OVERFLOWING NEAR SUNLAND PARK

RIO GRANDE OVERFLOWING NEAR SUNLAND PARK

Powerful storm cells packing additional heavy rains are forming in and around Doña Ana County, and the Doña Ana County Emergency Operations Center is receiving reports of the Rio Grande overflowing in the City of Sunland Park onto Racetrack Drive and at the Santa Teresa Bridge.

High river levels also are being reported near Radium Springs. Residents throughout Doña Ana County who live near the Rio Grande are asked to remain vigilant as the river continues to rise. No evacuations outside the Hatch area have been mandated, but rising water could result in people being asked to leave low-lying areas on short notice.

Heavy rains are being reported across the county. County road crews are standing by to deploy resources as necessary in affected areas.

Initial damage reports from Hatch indicate that up to 300 businesses and residents have been impacted by flooding to date, with up to 150 of those suffering serious damage. Some buildings are inundated with up to four feet of mud and debris.

The Doña Ana County Emergency Operations Center remains fully activated and staffed.

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