Emergency Will Be Declared For Imperial County

Emergency Will Be Declared For Imperial County

Courtesy Yolie Romayor Courtesy Yolie Romayor

El Centro, CA - Imperial County Fire Chief, Tony Rouhotas says a local emergency will be declared for Imperial County because of the damage from the major storms on Monday that pounded parts of the area. This is the latest information released by the Imperial County Office of Emergency Services.

In the City of El Centro, a ceiling collapsed at the Country Club Villa Apartment Complex. Fourteen units were affected with two having significant damage.  The American Red Cross has provided assistance with relocating residents by offering two-day emergency hotel vouchers.  The Housing Authority has also been working with residents that were affected by the ceiling collapse.  Apartment management staff has shared that it will take a few weeks for repairs to be completed.

The Imperial Irrigation District reports that the Westside Main Canal was affected by Monday's storm.  There is a 250-foot-wide breach in the canal east of Centinela Prison limiting the availability of water for users downstream.  This will mostly affect the city of Westmorland and Centinela State Prison.  Westmorland residents are being asked to conserve water. This will include limiting the use of sprinklers, washing cars or filling pools until the water advisory has been lifted.  This advisory for the conservation of water in Westmorland will go into effect immediately.  The Imperial Irrigation District has also reported that there are no major power issues at this point.

         Sandbags are available at the fire stations at Heber, Niland, Seeley, Imperial, Ocotillo and Calipatria for residents who need them.  Members of the public that have questions regarding water issues in their area can call IID Water Control at 1 (760) 339-9380. 

The following are the road closures for Imperial County.  At this point there is no time estimate regarding when roads will reopen.  The Imperial County Department of Public Works is assessing the damage and attempting to make a determination as to the time it will take to reopen some of the roads that have been closed.  


Road Closures: 


  • Evan Hewes Hwy from Dunaway Rd to Westside Rd


  • Dunaway Rd from I-8 to Evan Hewes Hwy


  • Imler/Huff Rd from Forrester Rd to Evan Hewes Hwy


  • Ogilby Rd from Hwy 78 to I-8


  • Milpitas Wash Rd in Palo Verde


  • Walters Camp Rd in Palo Verde


  • Rutherford Rd from Hovley to Brandt Rd


  • Jeffery Rd from Evan Hewes Hwy to Westside Main Canal


  • Hetzel rd from Huff Rd to Westmorland Rd


  • Westmorland Road from Hetzel Rd to Evan Hewes Hwy


  • Boley Rd from Huff Rd to Westmorland Rd/Hetzel Rd


  • Sinclair/Gentry Rd from Kalin Rd to Eddins Rd


  • Sidewinder Rd. at Ogilby Rd.
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