COUNTY PREPARES FOR FLOOD RESPONSE

COUNTY PREPARES FOR FLOOD RESPONSE

The Doña Ana County Emergency Operations Center is on standby alert, and can be activated on short notice in the event of flooding associated with storms that are expected to move through the area today and for the rest of the week.

Juvenile inmates at the Doña Ana County Detention Center have been busy filling sandbags for the past two weeks, averaging 1,000 bags per day. Stockpiles of sandbags have been delivered to Doña Ana County’s 16 volunteer fire departments for distribution as needed. Fire stations within the City of Las Cruces also have supplies of sandbags on hand.

Sandbag allocations are limited to residents whose homes are in danger of flooding. In order to maximize the supply, sandbags are only to be used to protect doorways of inhabited buildings. Sandbags will not be distributed for the purpose of protecting rock walls, gardens or driveways.

The Doña Ana County Roads Department has heavy equipment standing by to deploy to hard-hit areas. By law, county equipment can be used only to clear public roadways. The equipment cannot legally be used to protect or clear private property.

The Doña Ana County Flood Commission is monitoring the condition of flood-control structures throughout the county, all of which appear to be holding strong.

Residents with non-emergency flood concerns should call the Mesilla Valley Regional Dispatch Authority at (505) 526-0795. Emergency calls should be placed to 911.

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Reporters seeking more information or interviews may call county Public Information Director Jess Williams at (505) 525-5801.