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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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