Doña Ana County

EXTENSIVE CLEAN-UP EFFORTS CONTINUE IN LA UNION

EXTENSIVE CLEAN-UP EFFORTS CONTINUE IN LA UNION

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Public Information Office                     

(575) 525-5801, anitas@donaanacounty.org

 

August 27, 2021

EXTENSIVE CLEAN-UP EFFORTS CONTINUE IN LA UNION

It has been two weeks since the flood event in the southern part of Doña Ana County was declared a disaster by Governor Lujan Grisham. First responders and community partners within the County initially rushed to preserve life and ensure that all residents’ basic needs were met. Crews from the County’s Flood Department, Engineering and Roads, and the Sheriff’s Department have worked around the clock to stabilize the community and keep residents safe. “Thankfully the County dams did exactly what they were supposed to do, despite the extremely high rainfall we received in such a short period of time.  It is unfortunate, though, that even when the dams work correctly, members of our community can be impacted,” said Emergency Management Supervisor Stephen Lopez.  “I am thankful for all of the county staff that have helped from so many different departments to try to assist those who were affected by flooding, as well as the various churches and volunteer organizations that have stepped forward to help.  It has taken a true team effort to try to get the residents back to some sense of normalcy.”

This week, reinforcements have come in to assist with the clean-up efforts. International organization, Team Rubicon, is in Doña Ana County offering humanitarian aid through Saturday. The mission of this team of veteran volunteers is to provide impactful service to communities affected by disaster. They are joining the County’s efforts in putting the community back together. When Team Rubicon sent the call out for help, Greyshirts from Arizona and Northern New Mexico showed up to serve. Local mission-driven veteran organizations- The Mission Continues El Paso Platoon and Team Red, White, and Blue-El Paso- reached out to partner with Team Rubicon to be a part of the clean-up efforts as well. The volunteer groups, who bring their own teams and equipment, are helping residents by cutting down trees, removing debris, and cleaning.

These organizations fulfill their mission through donations to their cause. While serving in La Union, Our Lady of Refuge Catholic Church has offered its church hall as a rest and respite location for the veteran volunteers, and St. Luke United Methodist Church provides breakfast, lunch, and dinner to the groups as they support the community clean-up efforts.

For more information on how to support these veteran organizations that respond to disaster, visit:

 

For more information about the Doña Ana County Office, please visit www.donaanacounty.org. 

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