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PECOS FLOOD WATCH - Pecos River Expected to Crest Late Thursday Night, Early Friday

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

Wednesday, Sept. 24

12 p.m. - Pecos Mayor Venetta Seals just finished up a media briefing and gave some new updates on the flooding in Pecos.

We're told that the flooding has receded in Northern Pecos, although, the river is still full.

Crews are continuing to work to move debris and build berms to help redirect the water to Ward County.

Seals also said the river is expected to crest late Thursday night or early Friday morning.

No other evacuations are planned at this time.

County Road 2116 and Highway 302 remain closed in the area.

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Tuesday, Sept. 23

7:30 p.m. - Pecos Mayor Venetta Seals says that the river did not crest today and crews are working to move the debris in order to divert the water east away from town. 

Seals says everything is looking better than expected.

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Tuesday, Sept. 23

11:33 a.m. - Officials tell NewsWest 9 that the flood waters increased by two feet overnight.

The event is being called the Pecos River Flooding Event of 2014.

Union Pacific is working to clear debris around the Barstow Bridge and the water flow at the bridge is a little better.

Numerous resources including DPS black hawks and boats are on standby and officials have laid sandbags around the sewer treatment plant.

We're told a number of secondary lines have been set up for workers whose families wish to get a hold of them can call (432) 448-3591.

Also, three to five people are waiting to be evacuated on County Road 232 but they do have food and water.

The American Red Cross-Permian Basin is reporting that they have provided 20 overnight shelter stays and more than 250 meals and snacks to people in need.
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Tuesday, Sept. 23

11:05 a.m. - A briefing is currently underway in Pecos where officials are giving the media and everyone the latest information about the situation in Pecos. We're told that the Pecos River is expected to crest in Pecos mid-day today.

NewsWest 9 is in Pecos covering the very latest and we'll continue to keep you up to date throughout the day on NewsWest9.com and our social media pages.

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Monday, Sept. 22

5:37 p.m. - NewsWest 9 has learned that an instant command center has been set up in the area and Homeland Security is also bringing in a tent. The Texas Forest Service will arrive in Pecos on Tuesday to help out.

Officials from the Midland area are also in Pecos assisting with the recovery effort, along with representatives of the National Weather Service and the Border Patrol.

We're told more state and federal agencies will be arriving in Pecos on Tuesday after the Pecos mayor and county judge have signed a disaster declaration for the area and sent it to Gov. Rick Perry for review.

NewsWest 9's Geena Martinez and Alicia Neaves are in Pecos and will have the very latest coming up on NewsWest 9 at 6 p.m.

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Monday, Sept. 22

2:13 p.m. - Mandatory evacuations have been issued around Red Bluff Lake.

Several roads have also been closed in the area.

Those include:

  • 225 in Toyah
  • 302 to Mentone
  • 516 in Ward County
  • 117 in Reeves County
  • 2903 between Toyah and Balmorhea
  • 3334 from 17 to 2903

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Monday, Sept. 22

1:00 p.m. - Officials from surrounding counties including Midland and Odessa are talking about how to clear all the debris along the Pecos River.

NewsWest 9's Alicia Neaves is in Pecos and will have more coming up tonight on NewsWest 9 at 6 p.m.

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Monday, Sept. 22

4:30 a.m. - We've been told that the rain began to fall in Pecos around 11 p.m. last night. A daily planning meeting will be held at the Pecos Fire Department today. At this time, there are seven people at the shelter in place at the PHS New Gym. Evacuations are still voluntary and they are still monitoring the river. 

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Sunday, Sept. 21

9:00 p.m. - We're told the Barstow bridge will be closed for the night.

Also, the following is from the Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD Facebook Page:

Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD will have school tomorrow with classes beginning at their regular starting time. All route bus students will need to be brought to the highway as no buses will be driven down county roads. The district will continue to have a shelter in place at the PHS New Gym to provide housing for any displaced individuals. The district will remain prepared to assist if any evacuation begins because of rising water. Business Loop 20 to Barstow will be closed.
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Sunday, Sept. 21

4:22 p.m. - Officials have completed a briefing regarding the flooding situation in Pecos. 

We're told rain is currently falling in New Mexico and officials are continuing to monitor the levels around the Pecos River.

An assessment team has been brought in to take aerials of the river and make further assessments.

Five school buses have been donated to help anyone wishing to evacuate from the flooding.

Officials say more mandatory evacuations are likely but an exact area has not yet been announced.

The biggest problem officials are having right now is the debris at the Barstow Dam. We're told that debris could cause the flooding to possibly back up into the city.

Officials are trying to find a way to clear the debris at the Barstow Dam.

The next briefing is scheduled for after 6 p.m. Sunday evening.

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Sunday, Sept. 21

3:55 p.m. - A briefing is about to take place regarding the latest on the flooding in Pecos. 

We will pass along the latest as we get it.

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Sunday, Sept. 21

1:56 p.m. - We're told that the Reeves County Judge has signed the emergency declaration. However, the Mayor of Pecos has not yet signed the declaration.

If the declaration is signed, more resources can be called in to help the City of Pecos.

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Sunday, Sept. 21

1:18 p.m. - Pecos Mayor Vanetta Seals tells NewsWest 9 that an emergency declaration has been written up as a precaution should the flood levels continue to increase. However, it has not officially been signed. 

Right now, officials are checking different points of the river.

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Sunday, Sept. 21

1:12 p.m. - The mandatory evacuations include locations from the Pecos River to U.S. Highway 285.

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Sunday, Sept. 21

12:45 p.m. - Mandatory evacuations have been issued in Pecos. 

The American Red Cross tells NewsWest 9 the shelter at Pecos High School will be open for another 24 hours.

The shelter is located at Pecos High School and they will take care of any needs for evacuated residents.

NewsWest 9 will continue to follow this developing story.

Stay tuned to NewsWest 9 and NewsWest9.com.

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Sunday, Sept. 21

11:10 a.m. - NewsWest 9's Kim Powell was at a briefing this morning in Pecos on the flooding in Pecos. 

Officials say that flooding on the west side of town is no longer a major issue.

However, Pecos will be receiving water from a storm that is currently hitting New Mexico.

Homes near the area will be evacuated.

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Saturday, Sept. 20

11:02 p.m. - Voluntary evacuations remain in place in and around Pecos. 

If you wish to evacuate, the American Red Cross has set up a shelter at Pecos High School in Pecos.

The shelter will remain open throughout the night.

We will continue to post updates to this story page as new information is released.

Stay tuned to NewsWest 9, NewsWest9.com, our NewsWest 9 Facebook/Twitter pages and our NewsWest 9 app for the latest.

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Saturday, Sept. 20

9:06 p.m. - Pecos Mayor Vanetta Seals tells NewsWest 9 that a voluntary evacuation has been issued for "F" Street in Pecos. 

The Red Cross also tells NewsWest 9 that as of 8:15 p.m., nine people have checked into the shelter at Pecos High School.

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Saturday, Sept. 20

PECOS - NewsWest 9 has learned from the Reeves County Sheriff's Office that the northwest side of Pecos is being evacuated.

We're told the evacuation is in the area of County Road 2119.

County Road 408 and 1216 are also being closed.

Officials say the evacuation is not mandatory but we're told deputies are out helping residents evacuate the area.

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