DRIPPING SPRINGS ROAD TEMPORARILY CLOSED

DRIPPING SPRINGS ROAD TEMPORARILY CLOSED

The Doña Ana County Office of Emergency Management activated its Emergency Operation Center at 11:15 a.m. Aug. 16, in response to heavy rains that present a threat of flooding.

As a precaution, Doña Ana County Sheriff's Department and Las Cruces Police have closed Dripping Springs Road east of the New Mexico State Police headquarters. The Bruce King Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum has been evacuated as part of the roadblock procedure. Some residences west of the museum also are being advised by police to evacuate as a precaution.

Baylor Canyon Road remains open to 4-wheel drive and/or high-clearance vehicles. Geothermal Drive remains open.

Heavy rains on the west face of the Organ Mountains has set many large arroyos running on all areas of the East Mesa. The Emergency Operations Center is monitoring the situation and coordinating resources for appropriate response.

Residents in flood-prone areas who want to protect their homes with sandbags are urged to contact their local Volunteer Fire Department. Sandbags have been stockpiled and continue to be filled and distributed from the grounds of the Doña Ana County Detention Center.

The media will be periodically updated on the situation as it develops. Residents are urged NOT to call 911 unless there is an actual emergency.

For more information, call county Public Information Director Jess Williams at (505) 647-7229. Residents calling from outside the Las Cruces area may call toll-free at 1-877-827-7200 and request extension 7229.