July 2018 Flooding Event - July 24,1800 hrs update
All-Hands Effort Continues, Hundreds of Calls Received
City Operation Extends Into the Evening, Monitoring Tonight’s Potential Storms
Santa Fe, NM – The City of Santa Fe’s all-hands effort to respond to last night’s record flood is continuing into the evening after a busy day of street and arroyo cleanup and maintenance, hundreds of calls, and to minimize the extent of damage as more rain is expected tonight.
The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) coordinated response work from more than 200 City employees, including first responders, street crews, parks maintenance personnel, land use building inspectors and others.
The Constituent Services team, working from an EOC call center, received approximately 400 calls. Santa Feans called in for information on sandbags, to report found pets and flooded homes, to find out how to remove debris, and to help the City locate street blockages and other damage. We’ll continue taking calls into the evening as conditions dictate.
Crews cleared major debris from dozens of streets and most major arroyos, including at least one car stuck in an arroyo near Beckner Road.
The City Fire Department teamed up with Youthworks, Keep Santa Fe Beautiful, and other volunteers to fill and hand out 6,000 sandbags. They will continue to be on hand at 1130 Siler Road to get sandbags out to those who need them until 7:00pm.
Based on forecasts from the National Weather Service in Albuquerque, there is a 60% chance of thunderstorms tonight and a flash flood watch continues to be in effect through tomorrow. Areas that received heavy rainfall on Monday will especially susceptible to runoff and flash flooding again with additional rain.
The City reminds Santa Feans to “Turn Around, Don’t Drown” when it comes to driving through high water. And in the case of severe rain the Fire Department is urging folks to stay home.
Monitor the weather by following @NWSAlbuquerque on Twitter.
Sign up for alerts and information at alert.santafenm.gov.
Due to low use, the shelter at GCCC that was opened last night in partnership with American Red Cross was closed early this morning. Managers and the Red Cross are prepared to team up again to open another shelter, and will make that decision based on calls or requests received at the City’s (505) 955-6949 constituent services call center.
The City Manager, Mayor Pro Tem, and City Attorney are preparing to issue a state of emergency proclamation, a procedural step to open up access to potential funding sources and resources.
In the event of an emergency, always call 9-1-1.
UPDATE ON DEBRIS COLLECTION: If your home was flooded and you have carpet, flooring, or other water-damaged items for disposal, place the materials on your curb or toward the front of your yard/property and call (505) 955-6949 for a special collection. Please don’t block sidewalks. Environmental Services will collect the materials at no charge after confirming your home was in a flooded area. The first special collections for flood areas will be Thursday, July 26th. An earlier version of this release included businesses, but commercial service is not available at this time.