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Public Works Frequently Asked Questions FAQs

Commonly asked questions pertaining to the various areas of Public Works.

If you don't find an answer to your question, please contact us at: publicworkssupport@las-cruces.org

Public Works Frequently Asked Questions FAQs

Commonly asked questions pertaining to the various areas of Public Works.

If you don't find an answer to your question, please contact us at: publicworkssupport@las-cruces.org

We review and approve concrete and rock wall mortar mix designs. The Project Development Section of Public Works approves asphalt mix designs. They can be reached at 575-528-3135.

The Transportation Department, Street & Traffic Operations Section oversee the maintenance of roadways, street lighting, and sidewalks. You can get the information to them faster by clicking here or they can be contacted at 575-541-2595.

For all utility breaks within the City's right-of-way, contact the Utility Department's Central Dispatch at 575-526-0500.

If you do not have a mortgage and do not live in the flood plain, you are not affected and will not be required to buy flood insurance.

If you do have a mortgage but do not live in the flood plain, you are not required to purchase flood insurance.

If you do not have mortgage but do live in the flood plain, you are not directly affected. However, you may want to consider buying flood insurance, but you are not required to. If you provide Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) an Elevation Certificate and the technical data that can prove that the water will never reach your structure, you may get out of having your structure in a flood plain.

If you do have a mortgage (or line of credit based on the home) and do live in the flood plain, you are affected and will no doubt be required to buy flood insurance. If flood waters barely touch your property, the whole property is declared to be in the flood plain. If you provide FEMA an Elevation Certificate and the technical data that can prove the water will never reach your structure, you may possibly get re-rated a lower flood insurance quote.

Printing out a FIRMette (Flood Insurance Rate Map) from msc.fema.gov is the most up-to-date information provided on the maps that will not only allow you to view your property, but will also allow you to print out a copy so that you may present it to your lender or insurance agent if you are ever asked. Most agents or lending facilities want to see an actual FIRMette map printed directly from FEMA's (Federal Emergency Management Agency) website for their records. Please look under the Forms Section (at the Floodplain Information Website) for a link to the brochure that guides you to finding and printing a FIRMette. Due to technological advancements and new land development in recent years, the present official FIRM maps may not have all streets labeled nor do they have any aerial photos. The Preliminary Digital FIRMs under current review may help future determinations be more specific to show certain areas.

A high-risk flood zone is called a Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA). It's also known as the one-percent-annual-chance floodplain, commonly referred to as the "100-year floodplain." This term is often misunderstood. If you live in a 100-year floodplain, it does not mean that your community will only flood once every one hundred years. It means that in any given year, there is actually a 1% chance or greater that a flood zone will experience flooding that equals or exceeds its boundaries.

Yes, if you are a governmental entity/official, a community or service group providing voluntary services to governmental entities. Conference rooms may not be used for religious services, partisan political activities, or for commercial demonstrations or sales promotion of products or services. Priority will be given to groups conducting official City business and groups wishing to use the building during normal business hours. Requests for reservations outside normal business hours may be denied based solely on availability of staff to monitor use of the conference room. Requests shall be made at least two working days prior to scheduled date. For complete details or for reservations, contact Rick Clark at 575-541-2683.