515p: EPWU on Central EP ponding concerns; Guadalupe Mountains Nat'l Park Update
EP Water Utilities on Saipan/Ledo/I-10 ponding areas:
The Saipan ponding area was designed for stormwater to fill up the pond itself first, then overflow into the first soccer field adjacent and the second soccer field next.
Pumps on site have been gradually bringing the water levels down as well. Stormwater in the ponding area is currently contained.
As for the Gateway Pond at I-10, we have been working to pump water out since early Wednesday around the clock to try to minimize the impact on the surrounding neighborhood.
Yesterday the pond was at about 18 feet and this afternoon it had already dropped several feet. Once the remaining projects (two ponds upstream and the pump station) are completed they will help handle runoff in large rain events like the one we experienced this week.
We will remain on high alert throughout the weekend and we apologize for the inconvenience to commuters and residents.
Guadalupe Mountains National Park Storm Closure Update
Park Superintendent Dennis A. Vásquez announced that although most of the park areas closed by the recent storm will remain closed, the park is beginning to open some areas, as park staff is able to assess damage and begin effecting repairs from heavy rains and flooding.
The Pine Springs Visitor Center remains open to provide information and assist visitors and motorists, and the Pine Springs Campground and the Pinery have reopened.
Frijole Ranch Road is open as far as the corral, and visitors may hike from there to Smith Spring, from the west side only, and to Manzanita Spring. The Smith Spring Trail remains closed between Smith Spring and Manzanita Spring.
The Guadalupe Peak Trail, the Horse Trail from Guadalupe Peak, the Pinery Trail and the first mile, only, of the Devil’s Hall Trail have reopened, as well. The Guadalupe Peak Backcountry Campground is also open.
However, most trails still have loose rocks and uneven ground, and many require shallow water crossings, and hikers and backpackers should exercise extreme caution. The park hopes to open the Frijole Ranch Cultural History Museum tomorrow morning.
McKittrick Canyon, Williams Ranch, the Salt Basin Dunes, Dog Canyon and all other ackcountry areas, unpaved roads and trails will remain closed, at least through the weekend, as water levels continue to recede and the park begins to dry out.
For more info click HERE
Movies in the Canyon and Alfresco! Fridays CANCELED for Tonight
El Paso, Texas - Due to forecasted inclement weather, Alfresco Fridays, Presented by First Light Federal Credit Union and Movies in the Canyon, presented by Rudolph Dealerships, have been canceled for tonight, Friday, September 13, 2013.
Movies in the Canyon scheduled for tomorrow, Saturday, September 14 will still play as scheduled.
Please visit our website  for a full listing of the music and movie schedules.
Transmountain is now open!
The Mission Trail Association annual Red Green Chili War that was to be held this weekend, has been postponed until further notice. The recent rains in the valley particularly in the San Elizario area have forced us to postpone this event. As soon as we firm up an alternate date, we will let the public know via the news media. Thank you for your understanding and support of the Mission Trail Association.
CITY OF LC
Water Removal on City Streets Ongoing
The City of Las Cruces is working quickly to remove standing water on streets after recent and continuing rains. Several crews are removing water that has pooled on roadways and intersections and is transporting the water to nearby storm drains or arroyos. The City's Wastewater department is helping the Streets department by sharing utility vehicles to make the collection and transportation quicker and with less impact on traffic.
Crews continue to clear Transmountain Drive of rocks and debris; Estimated time of re-open: 2pm
SISD’s middle school football games for Saturday, Sept. 14 will be moved to the high school football fields and the Student Activities Complex.
The middle school fields are saturated with rain water and cannot be lined for the games. Host schools will remain as the host for the game. Game times also will remain the same as originally scheduled.
Please see the following schedule for Saturday:
8:30 Clarke vs. Ensor 7th
10:30 Clarke vs. Ensor 8th
8:30 Drugan vs. Slider 7th
10:30 Puentes vs. Drugan 8th
8:30 Serna vs. Socorro 7th
10:30 Hambric vs. Socorro 8th
8:30 Sanchez vs. Montwood 7th
10:30 Sanchez vs. Montwood 8th
El Dorado HS
8:30 Sun Ridge vs. Hernando 7th
10:30 Sun Ridge vs. Hernando 8th
12:00 or so Serna vs. Paso del Norte 8th
8:30 Hambric vs. Paso del Norte 7th
10:30 Desert Wind vs. Sybert 8th
12:00 or so Puentes vs. Sybert 7th
Guadalupe Mountains Nat'l Park:
We expect Frijole Ranch to reopen Saturday, September 14, in the a.m.
McKittrick canyon will remain closed through the weekend as will Williams Road to the Sand Basin Dunes and Williams Ranch Road.
The New Mexico Department of Transportation has informed us the New Mexico 137 will likely not re-open until early next week which means Dog Canyon will be inaccessible.
Pine Springs campground is open however we are waiting for trail reports from our rangers assessing the damage to the trails as to what trail, if any, will be open for hiking, backpacking, and trail riding.
Official total rainfall for GUMO since September 9th has been 15.7 inches, with 13.5 of this precipitation falling in the last 24 hours. A tropical depression coming up from Mexico may result in more rain for our area in the next few days; please check here for the latest update.
More facebook pictures & video HERE 
Pot holes that are detrimental to vehicles:
- Buffalo Soldier ACP ADJ Airport Rd
- Inbound lane filled; outbound lane was not filled
- Haan Rd (Carrington Rd to Harmon Rd) Closed
- Work Order Placed for pot holes.
West Bliss Housing Areas:
- Paso Del Norte - Clear
- Hayes - Clear
- Upper and Lower Beaumont housing areas - Clear
- Logan Heights - Clear
- Linguist Housing
- Leo and Hiday - impassable and blocked.
- Approximate 3' hole in stone wall / work order placed
- The O6 Housing
- Pershing and Dudley - Blocked
- Ashburn between Howze St and Pleasonton Rd - Area to watch
- Pershing between Howze and Short - Area to Watch
- La Noria - Clear
West Bliss Non-Housing Areas (Areas of Concern):
- ASP Road - Hard ball roads are passable. All secondary roads are
identified as treacherous.
East Bliss Housing Areas:
- Rio Bravo - Clear
- Aero Vista - Clear
East Bliss Non Housing Areas:
- Haan adjacent to Luke (Milam Elementary Area) - unblocked
- Luke and Haan ADJ Milam Elementary
- Southbound lane closed due to standing water; Defile created in
Northbound lanes and marked with cones.
Road Closures / Detours:
- Haan Bridge Closed from Luke St to Pleasonton Rd
- Cassidy Rd from Marshall Rd to Pleasonton Rd
- Luke and Haan ADJ Milam Elementary
- Southbound lane closed; Defile created and marked with cones.
- Route Green
- Paved roads are passable, secondary roads are not recommended to be used.
LA UNION WATER:
Officials w/ their water company say -
Still having issues, arroyo broke lines, 3 to 7 days to fix all the damage.
Asking all customers to "Please be patient"
Providing drinking water at their main office: 1870 Alvarez during the following hours
Mon -Tue 8-3
Fire department providing non-drink water @ La Union ele.
CITY OF LC:
Youth Triathlon Cancelled
The City of Las Cruces Parks & Recreation Department's youth triathlon scheduled for Sunday, September 15 at Frenger Pool has been cancelled. Youth triathlons are held throughout the year and another event will be scheduled for the fall. For more information call 575/541-2782. The TTY number is 575-541-5032.
CITY OF LC:
Athletic Fields Remain Closed Until Further Notice
Due to inclement weather, all City of Las Cruces athletic fields will remain closed until further notice. The fields are closed to prevent personal injuries and damage to the playing surface. Notice will be given when all ball field facilities reopen and are suitable for play. For more information call 575-541-2550.