Sept. 20 NM Floods Update Recovery in SW NM - Evening

• The American Red Cross is currently assessing needs with our tribal partners, pueblos and communities throughout the state including Sandoval County, Eddy County, Doña Ana County, Sierra County, San Juan County, Valencia County, Rio Arriba County and Cibola County.

• Red Cross material and human resources are deployed throughout the state. More resources are on standby as we receive more reports of evacuations due to flooding.

• This is our initial phase of response. We anticipate we will be assisting families as they recover from this disaster in the weeks to come.

Due to severe weather events across New Mexico, volunteers and staff of the American Red Cross in New Mexico are responding to flooding and evacuation issues in multiple New Mexico counties at this time. Please see below for a county by county breakdown as of early Friday evening:


Valencia County

On standby for shelters if the Rio Grande river breeches the levies in low lying areas.

Sandoval County

The Red Cross has opened a shelter at the San Felipe Elementary School for evacuations in San Felipe Pueblo.

Bernalillo County

The Red Cross is on standby for operating shelters in Albuquerque on both sides of the river, should the River crest and breech the levies.

Eddy County

Carlsbad, NM: The Red Cross is operating a shelter at the Leyva Middle School in Carlsbad NM due to flooding and evacuations. 80 evacuees have registered with the shelter. There are 35 people in the shelter tonight. The Red Cross is working with Eddy County Animal Control to house pets of the evacuees. We have partnered with the Southern Baptist Convention, our partners in disaster relief, for meals while the shelter is open. The shelter will remain open as long as needed.

Sierra County

Sierra County has opened a shelter at the TorC Civic Center and The Red Cross is providing support for the evacuees.

San Juan County

The Red Cross is providing assistance for multiple families whose homes were damaged due to rain and flooding last night and are now without water and pro

We are on standby for the Village of La Union in Southwestern New Mexico and the Pueblo of Laguna

and other areas in the state and will be monitoring weather conditions and flooding threats throughout New Mexico and working with Emergency Management officials and Tribal Partners as the rain continues across New Mexico this weekend.

*During flooding, the Red Cross reminds everyone not to cross flowing water on roadways to “Turn Around-Don’t Drown.” If thunder roars-go indoors. Helpful Red Cross smart phone apps can be downloaded from Google Play and the iStore. Look for first aid, tornado, wildfire and earthquake.

*Donations to Local Disaster Relief may be made on line at or by calling 1-800REDCROSS or The American Red Cross at 505 265 8514 during business hours.

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