EDDY COUNTY, N.M. (KRQE) – The Southeastern part of New Mexico is getting hammered the worst; they’ve had constant flooding.
The Carlsbad area has been dealing with evacuations, and the constant fear that the Pecos River is going to pour into town and turn the whole area into a lake.
Many people here said Monday that this is the worst flooding they’ve seen in over a decade, with bridges washing away, homes being evacuated and schools cancelled.
Now residents are bracing for what’s next.
From flooded out intersections, to damaged bridges, to swiftwater rescues. Carlsbad and much of Eddy County has seen it all.
All of that rain has left a lot of people on edge.
Safety and Weather related information from a previous post:
Eddy County emergency managers said their Emergency Operations Center is still running and will continue Monday night. Workers say they’re preparing for a chance of more heavy rain. Eddy County officials say some areas have seen has much as 7 inches of rain in an hour over the weekend.
The evacuation center is still open at the Carlsbad High School at 3000 W. Church Street in Carlsbad.
Officials are asking residents to report anyone who may be stranded or need assistance to the Regional Emergency Dispatch Authority at 575-616-7155. Residents needed Red Cross assistance can contact 1-800-560-2302.
The rain has also issued a precautionary boil water advisory for water systems along the Pecos River in Eddy County. Wwater systems in the area have been affected in various ways by the flooding.
If customers of water systems in this area notice a color change or significant change in water pressure they are advised to seek an alternate source of drinking water, such as bottled water, or boil the water for five minutes before drinking, cooking, and dishwashing. This is a precautionary advisory only: no contamination has been detected in the drinking water systems at this time. Customers of water systems in the area are encouraged to contact their individual water systems for updates on the status of their water systems.
The NMED Drinking Water Bureau will continue to monitor the situation as well as provide technical assistance to the water systems in the affected area.
Sandbags can be obtained at five locations including the Old Loving Police Department at 5th Street and Cedar; Atoka Fire Station at 2511 S. and 13th Street; the Road Department at 410 E. Derrick Road; the Hope Fire Station at 609 Main Street; and La Huerta Fire Station at 1724 Muscatel.
A Joint Information Center Phone Team has been established for the public to call if they have questions or need additional information about the events occurring in Eddy County. Those numbers are:575-652-5507; 575-652-5001; 575-652-5000; and 575-652-5512.