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Due to heavy rains yesterday, the Luna County Office of Emergency Management requested assistance from the Las Cruces Fire Department to come to the aid of residents living in western Deming where severe flooding has occurred. The Swift Water Rescue Team and Mesilla Valley Search and Rescue dispatched a crew where flooding had stranded several residents. The heavy rains in Luna County caused severe flooding along I-10 West and other areas in and around Deming. According to the National Weather Service, the Wednesday storm dumped almost an inch of rain in the area with the possibility of 2 to 3 more inches to fall in the following 24 hours.

The New Mexico Department of Transportation has received over $59 million from the Federal Aid Highway program. Each year states can apply for a portion of excess federal highway funds that can be added to the funds already received in the current fiscal year. Different regions of the state will benefit from the $59 million with a wide array of needed projects. In Southwest New Mexico, the chosen project is the paving of a 10-mile eastbound stretch of Highway I-10 located between Lordsburg and Deming.

The New Mexico Early Childhood Education and Care Department has announced that parent co-payments for the Child Care Assistance program will be waived for September and October. According to a release, “the decision follows earlier initiatives intended to support families and sustain New Mexico’s childcare industry during the pandemic, including offering free childcare to essential workers and delivering wage incentives to more than 3,100 early childhood professionals.” In addition, the department will cover the revenue childcare programs would have received from parent co-payments and will include this amount in their regular monthly reimbursement checks.

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