Increased Water Flows From Silver Fire in Grant County
Incident: Silver Post Fire Response Burned Area Emergency Response
For Immediate Release
For Additional Information
July 5, 2012
Contact Anthony Gutierrez – 575-574-0007
Grant County Planning Director
Potential Increased Water Flow Downstream of Silver Fire area
Recent rain in the general vicinity of the Silver Fire burn area in Grant County may produce heavy flows of water in some rivers, creeks, streams and canyons. Flooding may occur in areas that are usually dry. More rain is expected and flash flooding is possible. Resources in Grant County are out in force assessing waterways to minimize the impacts of fire debris compromising critical infrastructure. These resources will be monitoring waterways as rain starts to fall throughout the county and will notify residents as necessary of any developing hazardous situations.
Residents are being urged to keep an eye on the weather through local media and to be aware of the effects of rain falling upstream. Sustained heavy rain over the burn area can cause an increase in water flow many miles downstream. Water flows coming from the Silver Fire burn area will be full of ash and debris making them heavier and more dangerous.
DO NOT drive through any flooded area. Waters may be full of silt which is extremely slick and can quickly cause loss of traction. You will not be able to see through flood waters carrying ash and debris to determine whether the roadway is intact.
Homeowners are being urged to keep culverts on their private property free of debris and have a plan to move animals, equipment and anything that could be carried downstream by flood waters to higher ground. Alert systems are in place but you may have only a short time to respond once an evacuation notice is issued. .
Federal, State and local agencies are teaming up to help landowners minimize erosion and flooding. A public meeting will be held on Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at 6 p.m. at the Roundup Lodge in the Mimbres Valley to inform the residents near the Silver Fire area of the flooding potential.