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NM flood clean-up begins

More than 100 structures in Dona Ana County suffered serious damage from flooding this week, and more rain is expected.

BY HEATHER MOYER | HATCH, N.M. | August 17, 2006

More than 100 structures in Dona Ana County suffered serious damage from flooding this week, and more rain is expected.

The village of Hatch saw major flooding this week due to heavy rains flooding local canals. Television images showed waist-high water in some areas and piles of mud. More heavy rain fell Wednesday afternoon and evening.

County officials say a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) representative will be in the county Thursday to start conducting preliminary damage estimates.

At one point hundreds were evacuated from their homes. Police are allowing some residents to return home, but many face serious clean-up work.

County officials also noted that some businesses are re-opening.

Earlier this week, heavy rains caused high water to breach an arroyo near the town, sending water into homes and businesses. Some buildings are inundated with up to four feet of mud and debris.

Dona Ana County officials say all the other flood control measures surrounding the town are holding strong. Other affected Dona Ana County towns include Las Cruces, Le Mesa and Chaparral.

No injuries or deaths have been reported. County schools are closed until Aug. 28.


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