COUNTY CREWS IN ‘EMERGENCY MODE’ TO REPAIR ROADS, OPEN ACCESS TO HOMES

COUNTY CREWS IN ‘EMERGENCY MODE’ TO REPAIR ROADS, OPEN ACCESS TO HOMES

Heavy rains in the Las Cruces area Thursday morning washed out roads in many parts of the East Mesa, forcing County Transportation Director George Avalos to suspend all maintenance and construction projects in order to put his full crew in the field to fix blocked roadways.

As of 9 a.m. Thursday, June 17, Avalos said road closures remained in effect on Desert Park and Laramer Roads in Butterfield Park. Some side roads also were affected, he said.

In the Moongate area, he said, Weisner Road at the Tamany Lane intersection also was closed. He said heavy washouts on Holman Road may force the closure of that thoroughfare by mid-morning.

Behind A-Mountain, Avalos said, some residents in the Talavera Subdivision are unable to get out of their neighborhoods. He said Corona Road is presently unusable, while Baylor Canyon Road and Dripping Springs Road have large amounts of debris and sediment in the roadways that make travel unadvisable until the roads can be cleared.

Avalos said an emergency command center for road activity has been set up at Pancha’s Villa at 9705 E. U.S. Highway 70. In addition to Road Department crews, Avalos said that Flood Commissioner Cesar Ramos and Civil Preparedness Director Conrad Estrada also are being consulted regularly.

Avalos said he has more than 50 workers on all available county road machines working to address the problem areas. He said the likelihood of more rain may complicate clearing efforts and delay the re-opening of some roads. He said it is also possible, in the event of more heavy rains, that more roads could be closed.