Today, Gov. Susana Martinez directed the activation of New Mexico Emergency Operations Center to assist in the coordinated response to flooding across the state, including Rio Arriba, Sierra, Dona Ana and Eddy counties.
These counties, including other areas of the state, have been hit with heavy rain, which is expected to continue throughout the week.
“As monsoon season continues to bring heavy rains and flooding throughout the state, I’ve activated the Emergency Operations Center to monitor the situation and assist in response as needed,” Martinez said. “Our emergency response professionals will continue to communicate and work with local partners in areas that have been affected by monsoon flooding to help ensure that all available resources can be coordinated to keep New Mexicans safe.”
The Governor has directed the New Mexico Department of Public Safety, the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, the Department of Transportation, and the New Mexico Department of Health to monitor and assist in response as needed.
The Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management is working with local officials in affected areas to prepare for further flooding. This includes availability of additional sandbags, coordinating public announcements, clearing drainage systems, and coordination of road closures and additional warning signage.
The department continues to work closely with the National Weather Service to coordinate advance warning of potential flooding in areas around the state and the Red Cross for additional support and resources for those affected New Mexicans.
During a flood, individuals should be aware of streams, drainage channels, canyons, and other areas known to flood suddenly. Flash floods can occur in these areas with or without such typical warnings as rain clouds or heavy rain. If there is any possibility of a flash flood, move immediately to higher ground. Do not wait for instructions to move. Do not enter into or attempt to cross flood waters.