State and federal officials delivered an urgent message Friday to residents still reeling from devastation caused by wildfire: Perilous floodwaters are coming; heed the warnings.

“I can’t stress enough that everyone in danger from these floods needs to prepare to evacuate,” New Mexico Homeland Security and Emergency Management Secretary David Dye said in an afternoon news conference with the governor on flood mitigation efforts and emergency preparations in the Hermits Peak/Calf Canyon burn area.

“This will be a very difficult summer, with monsoon rains likely, and overcoming fire damage will take weeks and months,” Dye said. “… You may be asked to evacuate several times over the next few months.”



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