Storm Conditions Update For Los Alamos County-5 p.m.

COUNTY News:

The National Weather Service has extended the FLASH FLOOD WATCH through Saturday evening, Sept. 14.  

Remember the following tips in flood risk areas:

•  Just because it isn’t raining where you are doesn’t mean you aren’t in danger. If you are below the storm in any way, floodwater and debris could be upon you within minutes.

•  Keep pets and children out of canyons and arroyos during and after a storm – warn children of the dangers of playing in or near canyon streams and arroyos when it storms.

•  Never walk or drive through floodwaters of any depth – you don’t know if the road underneath is still there. Find a safer route or wait until floodwaters subside completely. Six inches of fast-flowing water is enough to sweep you off your feet. Two feet of flowing water can float away most cars.

•  If flooding occurs in your neighborhood, please remain calm and shelter in place. While some sections of town may become isolated for a time, flash floods recede quickly and access will be restored soon. It is essential that nobody panic, attempt to cross running waters, or enter unsafe areas.

Check The National Weather Service (NOAA) website for current weather conditions:

http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?zoneid=NMZ511&zflg=1

For sandbags and/or assistance, please review the following:

• IF IT IS AN EMERGENCY: Please call 911, and LAPD will dispatch LAFD to help mitigate the situation.

• IF IT IS ONLY PRECAUTIONARY: Los Alamos County is providing sand bags for residents at the Pajarito Cliffs Site, 101 Camino Entrada, just inside the gate at the Sand Barn. Signs are posted to help direct people. The gates will close Friday, September 13th at 6:00pm, but will reopen 8. a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14.

ROAD CONDITIONS UPDATE:

West Road in Los Alamos is CLOSED until further notice.

All other roads in Los Alamos County are open.  If heavy rains and flooding continue into the weekend, Los Alamos County crews will continue to deal with all flooding and road issues by priority.

Continue to be careful when traveling, especially in areas at risk for mudslides and rock fall. Call the LAPD non-emergency number at 505-662-8222 to report any large debris on the roadway. 

EVENTS UPDATE:

The STEM student concert tonight, Friday Sept.13th, originally set at Ashley Pond has been moved to the Teen Center.

The Next Big Idea Festival is STILL ON for tomorrow, Saturday, Sept. 14, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Downtown Los Alamos! For more information about this exciting signature event, visit www.NextBigIdeaLA.com.

Bandelier National Monument will be CLOSED on Saturday, Sept. 14 and Sunday, Sept. 15. Visit the Bandelier Facebook page for more information: https://www.facebook.com/BandelierNPS

Pajarito Mountain Bike & Hike lift service for tomorrow, Saturday, Sept. 14 is cancelled. Visit their Facebook page for more information: https://www.facebook.com/pajarito.mountain

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