RAINFALL AFFECTS CHAPARRAL AREA, ROAD CREWS CLEARING DEBRIS

RAINFALL AFFECTS CHAPARRAL AREA, ROAD CREWS CLEARING DEBRIS

Overnight rainfall and runoff has created some bodies of standing water in and around the southern Doña Ana County community of Chaparral, possibly leaving some residents stranded. No reports of serious residential or commercial flooding have been received.

Doña Ana County will perform aerial assessments of the area as soon as weather permits. In the meanwhile, crews on the ground are making efforts to clear roadways and to re-establish access for affected residents.

Roadways throughout southern Doña Ana County are being cleared of debris caused by fast-running arroyos and other water movement associated with this week’s storms and last night’s rainfall. Only county-maintained roads are eligible for maintenance and/or clearing. Private roads are the responsibility of the property owners.

Doña Ana County officials continue to monitor the colonia of Anapra and the communities of Santa Teresa, La Union and Anthony, which have been hard-hit by floodwaters since Tuesday. Heavy equipment remains deployed in those areas.

The Doña Ana County Emergency Operations Center remains on standby activation in the event a coordinated response to further flooding is necessary. Personnel from law enforcement agencies, the American Red Cross and several county departments are on call as needed.

Long-range weather forecasts show no relief from the rains in sight until possibly Monday.

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