Press Releases: 2006
For live, brief weekly updates of county news, tune in Wednesdays to Jack Lutz in the Morning at approximately 7:35 a.m. on The Rocket 99.9 or on Your Morning Show at approximately 8:10 a.m. on KVLC, 101-Gold. On Thursday mornings, you can tune in to the following stations: KGRT Morning Country Show with Joel and Patricia at approximately 7:40 a.m., then on HOT 103.1’s Morning Show (approx. 8:02-8:05 a.m.). In addition, you can hear updates throughout the week at various times on AM 570, KSNM.
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RIVER EXPECTED TO RISE ONE FOOT OVERNIGHT
The Doña Ana County Flood Commission has announced that the Rio Grande will likely rise a minimum of one foot overnight due to runoff from flooding in Sierra and Doña Ana counties. Residents who live along or near the river are urged to pay close attention to rising water levels and to be prepared to evacuate on short notice if necessary. No evacuation orders are in place south of Rincon at this time.
DONATIONS SOUGHT OF CLOTHING, BEDDING, BABY PROVISIONS FOR EVACUEES
The American Red Cross is seeking donations of blankets and clothing for adults and children. Many evacuees from Hatch and surrounding areas arrived at evacuation centers wearing soaked clothing and with no provisions. Also sought are donations of diapers and baby formula.
RAILCARS IN DOWNTOWN HATCH ARE A CONCERN
The Doña Ana County Emergency Operations Center is working to determine the contents of several rail cars standing in floodwaters in downtown Hatch. read more...
PUMPS BEING DELIVERED TO VILLAGE OF HATCH
The Doña Ana County Emergency Operations Center has arranged for several large pumps to be delivered to the Village of Hatch. The pumps will be used to pump water out of the downtown area and into two lateral canals on the east and west sides of town. The canals drain to the Rio Grande.
ACCESS TO HATCH CLOSED AGAIN
New Mexico State Police have closed all roads leading into Hatch, including N.M. 26, which was opened for a brief period. The I-25 ramp at Exit 41 remains closed, as do Highways 185, 187 and 154. In addition, N.M. 11 from mile-marker 0 to mile marker 3 is closed to traffic.
ROAD CREWS DISPATCHED TO MESQUITE, CHAPARRAL
Doña Ana County roads crews have been dispatched with heavy equipment to clear debris from roads in Mesquite and Chaparral, where both communities were drenched with heavy rains in the last couple of hours.
CORRECTED: SCHOOL BUSES TURNING BACK TO LAS CRUCES
The Las Cruces Public Schools are reporting that school buses are being turned back from the East Mesa, Radium Springs and other rural communities. Students who live in those areas are being returned to their schools in Las Cruces. Parents can pick up their children at their respective schools. Students are being urged to turn on their cell phones and contact their parents if they are affected.
MESQUITE REPORTS FLOODING, OTHER COMMUNITIES LIKELY TO GET HIT
The southern Doña Ana County community of Mesquite is now reporting some flooding.
Powerful, slow-moving storm cells moving through the area are likely to affect many rural communities, as well as the City of Las Cruces during the next several hours. read more...
ARROYOS NEAR HATCH ABATING, DAMS HOLDING
The Doña Ana County Flood Commission reports that runoff into arroyos near Hatch appears to be abating, and water levels are dropping in the arroyos and in the area’s flood-control dams. The situation could change quickly if heavy rains return to the area.
EVACUATION ZONE WIDENS TO INCLUDE ALL AREAS BETWEEN RINCON AND HATCH
The New Mexico State Police are ordering all residents in low-lying areas from Rincon north to Hatch to evacuate immediately due to the threat of serious flooding. Residents in higher areas in those communities are under a voluntary evacuation recommendation.
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