RUNOFF FILLING PRIVATE RESERVOIR EAST OF FARM AND RANCH MUSEUM

RUNOFF FILLING PRIVATE RESERVOIR EAST OF FARM AND RANCH MUSEUM

Heavy rains Wednesday afternoon on the west face of the Organ Mountains have channeled water through natural arroyos into a sand pit that acts as a reservoir east of the Bruce King Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum. The ponding area last filled with water after heavy rains Aug. 16.

County engineering and flood-control crews are evaluating the situation and making determinations about whether the water will need to be pumped into lower lying areas that flow naturally toward the Tortugas I Dam east of the NMSU Golf Course.

Travel on Dripping Springs Road is strongly discouraged while runoff continues. Engineering assessments in the aftermath of the Aug. 16 event indicate that no residents in Golf Country Estates are in danger should the makeshift dam rupture. The water retained there should run naturally toward the Tortugas I Dam. The Bruce King Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum could be in some peril if the dam should breach.

In related flooding, county crews are reported high water on portions of Stern Drive south of Union Drive. In some areas, motor traffic could be hazardous. Drivers are urged to avoid Stern Drive until further notice.

In Radium Springs, heavy flooding has been reported in some areas.

All residents in all low-lying areas where water is rising or running are strongly advised to seek higher ground until the rains abate.

For more information, call the Emergency Operations Center at (505) 647-7914.