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Sept. 17 NM Floods Update 2 Shelters Open

• 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 as hunters and backpackers make their way in from some of the remote mountain areas. New Mexico.

• The Red Cross shelter at Crownpoint High School, 1 Eagle Drive in Crownpoint, New Mexico 87313 is also open tonight as some residents are not able to return to their homes.

• A Red Cross Shelter Trailer is on the ground in Cloudcroft, should it be needed.

• Red Cross Damage Assessment Teams are deployed throughout the state with operations ongoing in multiple counties and towns. The Red Cross damage assessment along with our Community Partners is to determine the needs of the community and to begin bulk distribution of items for recovery. These include shovels, clean-up kits and drinking water.

• Today, 5 volunteers from PNM in Santa Fe joined 3 of their co-workers in Las Vegas to assist with damage assessment. After a morning training session, the team deployed throughout Las Vegas and conducted damage assessment. The team will receive further training from the Red Cross in the Ready When the Time Comes program. PNM employees who volunteered to help get the East Coast back on line last fall were one of the American Red Cross in New Mexico Real Heroes at a May awards ceremony.

• Areas where damage assessment is being conducted or has been completed include: Artesia, Lakewood, Dexter, Hagerman, Roswell, Truth or Consequences, Vado, Grants, Farmington, Glenwood, Bluewater Village, Milan, Las Vegas, Silver City, Bernardo, San Antonio, San Felipe Pueblo, Santa Clara Pueblo, Cubero, La Union, Mogollon, Socorro, Bosque Farms, Highland Meadows, Rio Rancho, Crownpoint and Bernalillo. The Red Cross has also reached out to other tribal and pueblo partners.

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, 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 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 or visit us on Twitter @RedCross.

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