- Associated Press - Thursday, November 6, 2014

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - Part of southern New Mexico is getting a new array of rainfall monitoring stations to help authorities provide flood warnings to residents who could be in danger from wet weather elsewhere.

Dona Ana County officials say the county Flood Commission is installing the sites in conjunction with the National Weather Service.

Plans call for dozens of weather stations, stream gauges and water-level monitoring stations throughout the county by 2017.

Flood Commission Director Paul Dugie says the monitoring network is important because residents in low-lying areas where no rain has fallen could be at risk due to arroyo flooding resulting from rainfall upstream.

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