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New River local emergency extended

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EL CENTRO, Calif. (KYMA, KECY)-The battle to clean up the new river continues.

In November, the Imperial County Board of Supervisors declared a local emergency with the New River in hopes of getting the attention of the state to acknowledge the crisis the county is facing.

Today, the board voted to extend that proclamation in hopes of bringing attention to the decades-long problem.

According to the county, no response has been received from state officials when the first emergency was declared.

"We've been told by the state that the declaration is being reviewed, but as far as the state approving our local emergency, it hasn't happened yet," said Rebecca Terrazas-Baxter, Imperial County Intergovernmental relations director.

Terrazas says it's important that the state gets involved in order to get federal help.

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Alexandra Rangel

Alexandra Rangel joined KSWT in March 2019 as a multimedia journalist.

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