National Guard deployed to help with flooding

National Guard deployed to help with flooding

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The former hurricane and now tropical storm Odile brought with it heavy rains that pounded the southern part of the state with heavy rain.

Gov. Susana Martinez has called out the National Guard, deploying soldiers to strategic locations around the state, especially places scorched by wildfire where heavy rainfall could cause serious damage. This declaration frees up $750,000 in state money to help communities respond and recover from storm damage.

Meanwhile, the Red Cross is setting up shelter in Sunland Park due to flooding in southern New Mexico. So far, they’re only on standby by in case assistance is needed, but according to an Associated Press story, around 250 sandbags were sent to the area overnight.

Much of the state is also under a flash flood warning as remnants of the storm come into New Mexico.

In Hidalgo County, Animas Public Schools is sending kids home at 12:45 p.m. due to flooding.

The Associated Press is reporting Highway 152 in the southwestern part of the state was closed indefinitely Wednesday after severe damage was reported on portions of the road.

The area around Carlsbad and southeast of there saw 3-9 inches over the past week and more is on the way.

According to the National Weather Service, El Paso was hit the hardest with road closures and multiple rescues.

Overnight rainfall from what is left of hurricane Odile has water-logged several communities in southern Doña Ana County and El Paso. It has flooded some roadways in La Union and Berino and prompting a temporary shelter to open in Sunland Park.

The American Red Cross had opened the shelter just after midnight at the senior center in Sunland Park in anticipation of a few homes that were evacuated, but the shelter was deactivated early Thursday morning.

In El Paso, forecasters issued a flash flood watch through Thursday night for the El Paso area, where two people were rescued from a swamped vehicle. A third person who swam to safety was being treated for minor injuries.

But overnight, the National Weather Service says the storm from the hurricane took a sharp turn right.They expected it to move across the northwest part of the state, but now, they say it’s heading straight east.

“It’s really impacting the southern third of the state, but we expect impacts to increase in the form of heavy rain in eastern New Mexico today, say, from again the Carlsbad area up into Roswell, maybe to Fort Sumner and then east to the Texas border,” said Deirdre Kann of the National Weather Service.

There could be more flooding Thursday. Places like Ruidoso are preparing for the worst. They have already handed out thousands of sand bags. They are worried about rain falling on burn scars.

We have a crew down in southeastern New Mexico and will provide more information as it becomes available.

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