City and County Employees Respond Quickly to Aid Eddy County During Extensive Flooding
Albuquerque- Today Mayor Richard Berry honored several city and county employees for their swift response to a flooding emergency in Eddy County. Through their efforts, the City of Albuquerque’s Environmental Health, Emergency Management, and Finance and Administration Departments along with Bernalillo County employees, provided critical mosquito control and public health protection support following Hurricane Odile.
Due to heavy and continuous rain that fell in the Southeastern part of New Mexico from Hurricane Odile during September and October 2014, Eddy County experienced extensive flooding. This resulted in their need for emergency management mosquito control, and public health protection support. The City of Albuquerque’s Departments of Environmental Health, Emergency Management, Finance and Administration, and Bernalillo County’s Environmental Health Department stepped up to lend a helping hand to our neighbors to the south. Environmental Health employees from both the City and County responded within 24 hours of the torrential rain pour and traveled to Eddy County to provide a full week of mosquito control support to an intrastate mutual aid agreement. This agreement was coordinated through the State and City Offices of Emergency Management. Staff in Eddy County provided round-the-clock mosquito surveillance, spraying, and larvaciding throughout the flooded areas of Eddy County. While there, staff also advised the Eddy County Manager and executive staff on strategic support and public health.
Back in Albuquerque, Emergency Management, Environmental Health, and Finance and Administration staff provided coordination and support to the response team so travel and supply expenses were handled in a timely manner.
Thanks to this entire team’s quick response within 24 hours to Eddy County, the citizens were not only protected from the nuisance of mosquitos, but also the increased risk of West Nile Virus. The City of Albuquerque is proud and thankful for this group’s relentless assistance for an entire week which exhibited a spirit of goodwill and care for our neighbors.
Employees of the Week- Environmental Health Department: Mark DiMenna, Paul Smith, Sara Howard, Darleen Munoz-Romero, Melise Taylor, and Erica Garcia (who has since transferred to Senior Affairs); Emergency Management, APD: Roger Ebner; Finance and Administration: Viola Cunningham and Jesse Munoz; Bernalillo County Environmental Health: Carlos Betancourt and Steve Ruybalid