Dam near La Union breaks, causes major road damage and disrupts water service

Updated: Monday, September 30 2013, 03:46 PM MDT
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LA UNION, N.M. -- La Union residents are without water for the next three to seven days, water company officials in the town said Friday.

The recent heavy rainfall caused many arroyos to overflow, and in the case of La Union, an earthen dam broke, Dona Ana County officials said.

The heavy water flowing from the broken dam caused many streets and pipes to be broken or washed away, officials with the La Union Domestic Water and Sewer Association said.

"What we're doing here at the association is giving a daily supply of water. People will come in and sign in with their account number. We provide them the water. We are also having West Valley Fire Department from Vinton and La Union providing nonpotable water for sanitary use," Evangelina Martinez, with the association, said.

Martinez said if any of the association's nearly 300 customers have questions to contact them directly.

The number is 575-589-4676.

Dona Ana County staff will be in La Union at 9 a.m. Saturday at La Union Catholic Church to listen to concerns, evaluate the damage and figure what's next to help the town.

On Monday, The Dona Ana County Board of Commissioners will hold an emergency session at 9 a.m. in its chambers. It will be looking to declare many areas around Dona Ana County a disaster and try to get some state and federal dollars to help.

Dam near La Union breaks, causes major road damage and disrupts water service
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