Letter from county officials sent to governor asking for assistance

Updated: Monday, September 30 2013, 03:47 PM MDT
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By: Genevieve Curtis
EL PASO, Texas - El Paso County officials declared a disaster following the devastating floods that hit the Borderland recently.

County officials said they hope to get some relief from the state and federal government after heavy rains caused damaged in the county.

County Judge Veronica Escobar issued the disaster declaration Monday afternoon. Escobar said she would send a letter to Gov. Rick Perry requesting his help for rebuilding the county. The letter details the estimated $4 million in damage to public infrastructure not including private property.

Red Cross officials said they're working with 27 families and identified about 10 families that cannot return to their homes because of damage by rain, floods and mud. The county said it identified 22 homes in communities like Socorro, San Eli, Vinton and other areas of the county that were destroyed by the floods.

El Paso County officials approved authorizing funds to provide emergency assistance including rapid rehousing to families affected by flooding.

Escobar said she's hopeful they can get help from the state but said everything will be scrutinized and the aide may not be what people are expecting.

"Believe me, we will take any aid we can get. That's part of why we wanted to try to reach the threshold on the declaration. See what we can get from the state, see what we can get from the feds but we also simultaneously have to work locally to see what we can do for the private property owners who lost everything," said Escobar.

The county said it will not be able to meet the $30 million mark in private damage and so it needs the help of the entire community to help families in need.

The Red Cross plans to close its shelters Tuesday and begin long-term recovery efforts.

Letter from county officials sent to governor asking for assistance
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