After the Storm
- Socorro City Council approves infrastructure improvements
- KFOX Cares raises several hundred dollars for flood victims
- Ways You Can Help
- Disaster Hotline Available for N.M.
- EPWU keeps working on storm water master plan
- Weeks after storm, many in New Mexico still faced with cleanup
- Families rebuilding in San Elizario after floods
- Socorro residents help KFOX14
- State agencies tour flood-damaged Socorro
- Bugs invade the Borderland
- Letter from county officials sent to governor asking for assistance
- Dona Ana County holds emergency meeting in Berino after floods tear through
- Berino left with massive cleanup after floodwaters tear through
- Bulldogs rally to help family who lost home to mud
- Socorro prioritizing cleanup of flood damage, sinkholes
- Update: Berino residents deal with more floods
- Socorro City Council approves disaster declaration following flood
- Gov. set to visit La Union to assess flood damage
- Recent rains leave prime mosquito breeding grounds around Borderland
- E. coli and viruses in floodwater
- Floodwater spreading disease to pets
- Water safe to drink in La Union
- El Paso Water Utilities say stormwater projects performed well during storms
- La Union residents frustrated as no improvements planned for nearby dam
- El Paso Water Utilities working on I-10, central El Paso flooding issues
- Poverty, lack of infrastructure adds to severity of San Eli floods
- Floods topple grave sites at San Elizario cemetery
- Roofers busier than normal
- Dona Ana County commissioners agree they need state help
- Flood victims get help from a group of teens
- La Union residents, officials discuss flood damage recovery
- San Portales museum suffers damage after flooding
- Historic landmarks damaged from storms
- San Elizario families in need of help after floods
- Dam near La Union breaks, causes major road damage and disrupts water service
- Flood cleanup a slow process in San Elizario
- Socorro continues flood cleanup, hopes to prevent future damage
- Floods force San Eli families from homes
- Northeast flooding leads to road closures, stranded motorists
- West El Paso sees flooding on residential roads, residents concerned about drain maintenance
- La Union residents without water as officials fix water system
- San Elizario residents deal with damage from massive flooding
- Massive Socorro sinkholes destroy back yard, threaten homes
- Socorro flooding leaves Coker Road residents with cleanup
- Socorro mayor says they need National Guard help
- San Elizario cancels after school-activities
- Sinkhole growing larger in Socorro
- Socorro residents trapped in homes after arroyo breaks
- Arroyo breaks causing major flooding in Socorro
- Borderland braces for another round of heavy rain
- Vado residents suffer severe flooding for third time in several weeks
- Heavy rain leaves big mess central El Paso resident
- More work to be done on stormwater system after I-10 floods Wednesday morning
- Rain causes ceiling collapses in area shelter, apartment complex
- Crews repair water dam leak in central
- Rain causes overflow of Stormwater Pond in central El Paso
- Sinkhole closes Luna Street in Central El Paso
Socorro City Council approves infrastructure improvements
Updated: Monday, January 20 2014, 05:04 PM MST
By: Stacey Welsh
SOCORRO, Texas -- The Socorro City Council recently approved $2 million in funding for capital improvement projects. In addition to equipment to clean up flooding, the money will fund improvements to neighborhood streets and help put plans in motion to build a new city hall.
City leaders told KFOX14 Socorro can't re-model the city hall and municipal court building on Rio Vista Road because it's considered a historic building.
"Right now, we're divided up into two buildings. It does create more traffic, because you have to go from one area to another. If you have to go back to the court, you come back over here," Socorro Mayor Jesus Ruiz said.
The city currently uses the Rio Vista city hall building for council meetings, and city employee offices are located in Socorro's administration building on Horizon Boulevard.
Ruiz said if a new city hall is built, the current building could turn into a museum or library in the future. However, some resident do not agree with the idea of a new building.
"With having to remodel or relocate, the building that sits right there suits everybody just fine in my opinion," Socorro resident Rudy Cruz Jr. said.
The money is left over from loans past city council members took out.
Socorro also plans to put hundreds of thousands toward improvements to neighborhood streets, as well as new traffic signals around the city.
What I recommended to council, is to go ahead and tackle one subdivision, finish paving that subdivision and then move on to another. That way, there's no sense of favoritism," Ruiz said.
"Without a doubt, my neighborhood is one of the first neighborhoods affected by water damage," Cruz said of the September floods in Socorro.
Ruiz said city council representatives will recommend which streets in their districts need the most repairs, and the city will prioritize after that.
City council members will vote on 10 million more dollars in loans in the next few months. That money will fund continuing these projects over the next five years.