CORRECTED: HATCH COMMAND POST IN TRANSIT AS POLICE OFFICES FLOOD

CORRECTED: HATCH COMMAND POST IN TRANSIT AS POLICE OFFICES FLOOD

The command post for emergency response in Hatch is being relocated as a result of flooding occurring at the Hatch Police Department. The Las Cruces Fire Department Mobile Command Center is on its way to Hatch from Las Cruces for base command operations. Local officials in Hatch will continue command operations from the mobile unit within the hour.

All vehicle access to Hatch is closed by order of the New Mexico State Police.

Response to the flooding is being coordinated at the Doña Ana County Emergency Operations Center, where law-enforcement, fire, ambulance, flood and other agencies are represented, along with the American Red Cross.

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