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Released On: September 13, 2013

Flows Declining in Truth or Consequences Area
ELEPHANT BUTTE, NM – The Rio Grande between Elephant Butte and Caballo Reservoirs is receding as storms move out of the area.

The flow is now within the 5,000 cubic-feet-per-second channel capacity.

Evacuations continue in Williamsburg and Los Palomas. Some Truth or Consequences residents are now being allowed to return home. Highway 187 is closed where a sinkhole opened up. Highway 51 is also closed due to flood damage.

Caballo Reservoir is only at 10 percent of capacity as it begins to receive some of this flood water.

On the Pecos River, flows continue to recede this afternoon. Inflow into all reservoirs continues but is declining. The flows out of Avalon Dam continue to decline as well. The flow through Carlsbad is well within the channel capacity.

### Reclamation is the largest wholesale water supplier and the second largest producer of hydroelectric power in the United States, with operations and facilities in the 17 Western States. Its facilities also provide substantial flood control, recreation, and fish and wildlife benefits. Visit our website at www.usbr.gov.

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Reclamation is the largest wholesale water supplier and the second largest producer of hydroelectric power in the United States, with operations and facilities in the 17 Western States. Its facilities also provide substantial flood control, recreation, and fish and wildlife benefits. Visit our website at www.usbr.gov.