OFFICE OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT, JAIL TEAM UP FOR SANDBAG PROJECT

OFFICE OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT, JAIL TEAM UP FOR SANDBAG PROJECT

As the summer rainy season approaches, the Doña Ana County Office of Emergency Management is embarking on a new program to stockpile sandbags for residents, businesses and other entities who may need them to protect against storm-related spot flooding.

Staff at the Doña Ana County Detention Center is taking delivery of the empty sandbags, and the Doña Ana County Road Department is depositing piles of sand on the Detention Center grounds for the detainees to use in filling the empty bags. Filled sandbags will be stockpiled at the jail and distributed to the county's 16 volunteer fire departments for allocation as needed to area relief agencies, government agencies and property owners.

Sandbags may be procured by calling (505) 526-0795. The Office of Emergency Management and the Doña Ana County Detention Center will monitor the inventory at each fire station and keep adequate supplies on hand to replenish stockpiles as needed. Tons of sand and thousands of empty bags are in place to be filled by detainees on as as-needed basis.

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.