IF DAM RUPTURES, NEW MEXICO RESIDENTS UNLIKELY TO BE AFFECTED

IF DAM RUPTURES, NEW MEXICO RESIDENTS UNLIKELY TO BE AFFECTED

Flood plain experts have assured the Doña Ana County Emergency Operations Center that Doña Ana County residents would be unaffected in the event an earthen dam in Juarez were to rupture or fail. Topographical scenarios show the released water would likely move into El Paso County, with minimal effect to the City of Sunland Park or the colonia of Anapra. The computer models show most water flow would travel southeast of populated areas in Doña Ana County.

Residents in the path of any potential water release have been or are being evacuated by El Paso County and City officials. Doña Ana County and Sunland Park officials are monitoring the situation carefully.

The Doña Ana County Emergency Operations Center has been formally reactivated to coordinate emergency response to any flood-related events that may occur in Doña Ana County as the day unfolds. Personnel will remain activated and/or on call until the weather abates. The National Weather Service lists all of Doña Ana County under a severe flood alert until later this evening.

Doña Ana County Sheriff's Department deputies are actively patrolling rural Doña Ana County communities and reporting information back to the Emergency Operations Center. Doña Ana County road crews are deployed throughout the county to keep roads cleared of debris.

Sandbags continue to be filled, using inmate labor at the Doña Ana County Detention Center. The sandbags are being distributed to the county’s 16 volunteer fire departments, where residents may pick them up as needed.

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