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San Elizario families in need of help after floods

Updated: Monday, September 30 2013, 03:46 PM MDT
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By: Genevieve Curtis

SAN ELIZARIO-Texas: Many people in San Elizario still need major assistance as the community begins to clean up the damage from massive flooding Thursday.

"I feel sad. I feel like crying," said Ruby Marquez.

After the storm came a flood of emotions for several families in San Elizario still waiting for help after heavy rain transformed their front yards into murky ponds.

The water damaged almost everything Marquez owns and she said she's still looking for some relief.

"My bed got wet. My sofas. My clothes, I had to throw away. My shoes, my diploma got wet. I don't know what to do about it," said Marquez.

Broken sewer lines spewed sewage onto Ana Ramirez's lawn, rupturing her gas line and leaving her without hot water or a way to cook. She said her calls for help haven't gotten her anywhere either.

"We call everybody and nobody's is responding. It's frustrating. It's sad," said Ramirez.

El Paso County Commissioner Vince Perez spent the day in the community where almost everyone seemed to be affected in some way.

"This was just an unprecedented storm. We are just trying to do the best they we can. I think our crews are doing the best that they can," said Perez.

We were there as county crews tried pumping water out of a flooded subdivision KFOX14 first showed you Thursday. The subdivision's storm pond just couldn't handle the amount of water.

Perez said the county is working with several other entities on cleanup and relief.

"There been a lot of collaboration. I'm sure for the people who are still seeing flooding, nothing is probably enough," said Perez.

In another part of San Eli, a road along the canal which is frequently traveled by border patrol agents, neighbors and ATV's gave way to the running water.

Residents in the area said they hope the county will be able to fix some of the sinkholes before it causes an accident.

"It could actually kill someone of you're not careful. Depending on speed you're going. It's a fatality waiting to happen," said Fernie Madrid who lives in front of several of the sinkholes.

Some of the holes crept dangerously close to people's property.

"I'm worried about the foundation of my mobile home," said Madrid.

With the daunting process of cleanup becoming overwhelming, those in San Eli said they are just trying to stay afloat.

"I'm trying to hold on," said Ramirez.

San Elizario families in need of help after floods
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Residents living in the county suffered the most damage when heavy rainfall hit the Borderland. Cleanup efforts are underway and your help is needed. KFOX14 and The Salvation Army are teaming up to rebuild what they've lost.

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