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New Mexico Declares State of Disaster

Posted by feww on September 14, 2013

Governor Martinez Declares Statewide Disaster for New Mexico

Floods have forced scores of evacuations in Eddy, San Miguel and Sierra counties, said the NM governor.

Widespread flooding has damaged numerous roads, bridges and public infrastructure in many areas throughout the state.

Governor Susana Martinez has signed an Executive Order declaring a State of Disaster throughout New Mexico due to flooding from recent rain storms.

“Through this Executive Order, I have directed state government resources to ensure the well being of everyone affected by these heavy storms,” Governor Martinez said.

“As the heavy rains continue, I encourage all New Mexicans to continue to pay attention to your local weather forecast and be aware of warnings wherever you are.”

NM flooding
Dams that divert water from La Union, NM, south of Las Cruces, burst yesterday, leaving many roads completely washed out. (Photo courtesy Mario Delgado, Janet Ortiz). More images…

EXECUTIVE ORDER 2013-031
DECLARING A DISASTER STATEWIDE DUE TO FLOODING

WHEREAS, numerous New Mexico counties and Native American jurisdictions have been severely impacted by historic, record-breaking rainfall that started on September 9, 2013, and is continuing;

WHEREAS, heavy rains have caused flooding in many areas throughout the state;

WHEREAS, flooding has caused evacuations by air and ground of hundreds of individuals in Eddy, Sierra and San Miguel Counties;

WHEREAS, flooding has damaged many roads, bridges and public infrastructure;

WHEREAS, the Board of County Commissioners of Guadalupe, Eddy and Sierra County intend to make emergency declarations;

WHEREAS, the National Weather Service is predicting continued heavy rain that will continue the threat of flooding into the weekend of September 14-15, 2013;

WHEREAS, this disaster requires immediate action to preserve the peace, health, and safety and to preserve the lives and property of the people of the State of New Mexico; and

WHEREAS, this disaster is of such magnitude as to be beyond local control and requires the resources of the State to avoid or minimize economic or physical harm and to take action necessary to protect the public health, safety, and welfare;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Susana Martinez, Governor of the State of New Mexico, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and Laws of the State of New Mexico, do hereby declare a State of Disaster to exist in state of New Mexico due to flooding beginning September 9, 2013, through the day the Governor’s Authorized Representative determines to be the end of the emergency period. Read more…

Flooding in Las Vegas, NM

Flooding in Las Vegas has forced authorities to evacuate everyone who lives along Gallina Creek.

“Storm runoff racing through Las Vegas has forced the evacuation of homes and closed bridges in the city,” said a report.

“A massive amount of rain has fallen in that area and the mountains above the city as the relentless storms that have pounded New Mexico since Tuesday continue.”

Gallinas Creek outside Las Vegas was flowing at about 1500 cubic feet per second (CFS) Friday, up from 3cfs on Tuesday, according to a local report [@MattGrubs.]

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Extreme Rain Events Destroy or Damage Thousands of Homes in Guatemala

Posted by feww on September 14, 2013

Widespread flooding triggered by EREs affect hundreds of thousands in Guatemala

Dozens of rivers including Slaves, Motagua, Chixoy, The Passion, St. Peter and Usumacinta have flooded causing widespread deluge as forecaster warn of more torrential rains to follow, said the National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction (CONRED).

The authorities have issued an “orange alert” for destructive flooding in several regions.

flooding in guatemala
Source: Guatemala’s National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction (CONRED).

“In the last 48 hours in Jalapa department, some 783,000 people were affected and dozens of homes damaged,” according to a translation of bulletin issued by CONRED.

In the week to September 12, 2013, CONRED said it had responded to 39 incidents of landslides; 38 incidents caused by an earthquake on Friday September 06; 14 flood-related incidents, 4 slides, and one incident of collapse that affected more than 200,000 people nationwide.

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N. Colorado Declared as Federal Disaster Area

Posted by feww on September 14, 2013

Federal Disaster area declared for Fort Collins, northern Colo.

Thousands more evacuations have been ordered for the northern neighborhoods of Fort Collins.

The Poudre River is flowing at a rate of about 10,000 cubic feet per second (cfs), 100 times its normal flow, flooding significantly through Fort Collins and is expected to rise.

Officials have urged thousands of people to take shelter in dozens of the northern neighborhoods of Fort Collins.

Severe flooding has forced officials to close bridges, schools, and city offices in Fort Collins and Loveland, Colo.

flooding on I-25 near Highway 34
Colorado State Patrol troopers took this photo on I-25 near Highway 34 in Larimer County at 7:30 on Friday, September 13, 2013.

A flood warning posted on the city of Fort Collins website read: “Poudre River has reached capacity and is flooding. The flooding on the river is of much greater severity than earlier reports. Travel is discouraged. For your safety, please avoid areas near the river. All bridges that cross the Poudre River are closed. Do NOT attempt to drive through floodwaters.”

The Big Thompson River is flowing at more than 9,000 cfs, the highest level since the Big Thompson flood of 1976, officials said.

“The city of Loveland has essentially been divided in two by the flow of the Big Thompson River,” said Tom Hacker, public information officer for the city of Loveland.

“There is no river crossing that is open in Loveland at this time. Any transit going from North to South in Loveland is impossible.”

4 Dead, 176 Missing

As of Friday evening, the death toll from the worst floods to hit Colorado in living memory had climbed to at least four with 176  others still unaccounted for.

Largest Storm in History

“It’s got to be the largest storm that I can imagine in the state’s history,” said Governor John Hickenlooper at a news conference.

Colorado Emergency Declaration

Meantime, the White House declared an emergency exists in the State of Colorado and ordered federal aid to supplement state and local response efforts due to the emergency conditions resulting from severe storms, flooding, landslides, and mudslides beginning on September 11, 2013, and continuing.

The declaration is in response to the threat of catastrophe in the counties of Boulder, El Paso, and Larimer, said the WH statement.

On Friday, Governor Hickenlooper declared a disaster emergency for 14 counties.

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