GOLF COUNTRY ESTATES RESIDENTS GIVEN GO-AHEAD TO RETURN HOME;

GOLF COUNTRY ESTATES RESIDENTS GIVEN GO-AHEAD TO RETURN HOME;

With highly successful flood abatement efforts continuing, the Dona Ana County Office of Emergency Management has lifted the temporary evacuation advisory for residents of Golf Country Estates Subdivision, immediately west of the Bruce King Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum.

Pumping of standing water from a gravel pit east of the museum continues, but water levels have dropped significantly since the evacuation advisory was issued at about 1 p.m. today. The water is being diverted to a large retention area east of the NMSU golf course.

Crews from Dona Ana County, the City of Las Cruces, New Mexico State Police, New Mexico State University, Elephant Butte Irrigation District and various area fire departments have been on scene since about 10 a.m. Crews will remain in the area to continue pumping operations and to monitor the situation through the night.

The Emergency Operation Center is expected to deactivate at 9:30 p.m., with critical staff remaining on call throughout the night in case reactivation is recommended by field personnel.

The Red Cross emergency shelter at Club Fusion in Las Cruces has been closed.

The National Weather Service predicts more storms possible through mid-week, and the Office of Emergency Management will remain in standby mode to coordinate resources.