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Sept. 16 NM Floods Monday Evening Update

• The American Red Cross is opening a shelter in Crownpoint, NM at #1 Eagle Drive, Crownpoint, NM 87313. This is the Crownpoint High School. Students from Navajo Technical University will be transferred here from the temporary shelter they have been using. The shelter is open to all residents in the area that have been displaced due to flooding.

• The American Red Cross shelter in Glenwood remains open tonight at the Glenwood Elementary School, 1 Schoolhouse Rd. Glenwood New Mexico 88309. Currently there are three shelter clients but more are expected tonight.

• The shelter at the San Felipe Pueblo Elementary School will close this evening after state and pueblo officials determined it was safe for the shelter residents to return home. 32 people sheltered overnight on Sunday.

• A Red Cross Shelter trailer is on the Ground in Cloudcroft (Otero County) should supplies and resources be needed.

• The Red Cross is distributing drinking water in La Union (Dona Ana County) today. Damage assessment by the Red Cross has been completed.

• Damage assessment by the Red Cross has been completed in Artesia and Lakewood (Eddy County).

• Damage assessment for Chaves County will be completed today.

Flooding has caused numerous evacuations in New Mexico and Texas and Red Cross workers are helping people in those states, providing shelter, meals and comfort for those affected. More than 50 people spent Sunday night in four shelters in New Mexico and Texas. The region continues to be a relief priority for the Red Cross as more rain is expected in the area from tropical storm systems over the next few days.

HOW TO HELP People across the flooded areas need help now. The Red Cross has launched a massive relief effort to help people in Colorado, New Mexico and Texas and needs the continued support of the public to help those affected. People can make a donation to support Red Cross Disaster Relief by visiting www.redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions may also be sent to the American Red Cross in New Mexico at 505 265 8514 or your local Red Cross Office.

The Red Cross depends on the generosity of the American people to fulfill our mission. To help the Red Cross continue to save lives, contributions may be made to the American Red Cross Local Disaster Relief Fund by calling 1-800-560-2302. Contributions to the Local Disaster Relief Fund may also be sent to the American Red Cross in New Mexico by mail: American Red Cross in New Mexico, 7445 Pan American West Fwy. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109 or made online atwww.redcross.org/newmexico. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or visit us on Twitter @RedCross.

Media Contact: Beverly L. Allen, Communications Coordinator, (505) 220 3097