SANDBAG DISTRIBUTION TO BE LIMITED

SANDBAG DISTRIBUTION TO BE LIMITED

Doña Ana County will restrict sandbag distribution to residents whose physical property is threatened by floodwaters. Some residents have been using sandbags to protect yards and gardens.

Residents seeking sandbags will be allocated only enough to keep water from doorways and other vulnerable areas. Volunteer firefighters throughout Doña Ana County will report unauthorized use of sandbags, and will be empowered to remove the bags and deliver them back to fire stations for redistribution.

Although sandbags continue to be filled using inmate labor at the Doña Ana County Detention Center, shortages in some areas prompt these restrictions. Additional sandbags are scheduled to be delivered to selected fire stations later this evening, but the allocation strategy is unlikely to change.

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Reporters seeking more information or interviews may call county Public Information Director Jess Williams at (505) 644-0726.