Floods topple grave sites at San Elizario cemetery

Updated: Monday, September 30 2013, 03:47 PM MDT
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By: Genevieve Curtis
SAN ELIZARIO, Texas -- Mission Valley communities are now cleaning up and coming across more damage after a week's worth of heavy rainfall that hit the Borderland.

Cleanup, relief and rebuilding communities could last for several more weeks as agencies try to get a grasp on the extent of the damage in San Elizario and Socorro.

El Paso County and other agencies are still trying to get some firm numbers on the floods' impact.

In the meantime, residents in San Elizario are coming across other areas that were impacted.

San Elizario's cemetery was not spared from the storm, and floodwaters disturbed many of the graves.

"I came to visit my grandma and my grandpa and my great-grandma," said Raelynn Parada.

Parada said she heard the floodwaters damaged the cemetery and wanted to make sure her loved ones were OK.

"Oh my God, it's really bad. It's sad. I don't want that to happen to my loved ones. I feel sorry for the families that have to come out here and deal with how it looks," said Parada.

Floodwaters left gravesites mangled, tombstones overturned and final resting places sunken in.

Thankfully for Parada, her loved ones remained undisturbed.

Parada said she hopes a caretaker or someone will be able to restore some peace to the cemetery, exposed by the storm.

"It would be nice if someone could actually come out here and take care of them," said Parada.

KFOX14 contacted the Catholic Diocese but have not received a response.

County Judge Veronica Escobar called a meeting on Monday with various municipalities and agencies affected by the flooding.

Escobar said they likely won't meet the financial-damage marker that would allow them to issue a disaster declaration. So for now, they're going to have to push philanthropic work to help those affected.

The Red Cross is urging anyone impacted to call it.

Contact Red Cross Chapter

El Paso Area Chapter
3620 Admiral Street
El Paso, TX 79925
(915) 592-0208

Fort Bliss Red Cross
Building 45 Slater Road
Fort Bliss, Texas 79916
(915) 568-4898

William Beaumont Red Cross
5005 North Piedras Street
El Paso, Texas 79920
(915) 742-2483

Website: www.redcross.org

Floods topple grave sites at San Elizario cemetery
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