Santa Cruz County Public Work personnel monitored the partial breach of the International Outfall Interceptor, (IOI) late yesterday and early this morning and have reported no significant change to the status of the breach.
Samples of the water from the wash have been collected and submitted for testing and results are expected later today. We are closely monitoring for potential environmental and public health impacts.
Stakeholders have been updated to the current status and are analyzing potential courses of action to mitigate and stabilize the partial breach of the IOI. With the forecast of monsoon storms anticipated for the next several days we are taking full advantage of the current conditions to gather the needed information to determine the best course of action moving forward.
Santa Cruz County Health Services is advising people who live in areas where there is water running in the wash and tributaries east of the Nogales Wash to keep out of those areas.
The Santa Cruz County Emergency Operation Center (EOC) is activated to support the efforts of local authorities. Our number one priority is to ensure the health and safety of the people of Santa Cruz County and Arizona.
With the Declaration from the City of Nogales yesterday, the county is prepared to make a declaration of emergency once all of the data has been gathered and analyzed.
Santa Cruz County officials will be holding a press conference at 9:00 am in Courtroom A on the second floor of the Santa Cruz County Complex located at 2150 N. Congress Dr. Nogales AZ 85621.
A hotline has been established for public and media inquiries between 7am and 7pm by calling 520-375-7784.
Updates will also be posted on the County Facebook page, Santa Cruz County, Arizona and Twitter page @santacruzaz and the county website at www.santacruzcountyaz.gov.