KFOX14 Cares: After the Storm
- Bugs invade the borderland
- Letter from county officials sent to governor asking for assistance
- 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
- 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
- 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
Berino left with massive cleanup after floodwaters tear through
Updated: Monday, September 30 2013, 10:56 AM MDT
By: Gina Benitez
BERINO, N.M. -- Floodwaters rushed through Berino Thursday night leaving massive cleanup for residents.
Some water made its way inside homes, overturned graves and caved in roads.
"I walked over to the doors, noticed that there was mud and water coming in, looked out the window and saw the flood," said Pete Arredondo, a Berino resident.
Arredondo was at church when the floodwaters came through.
"We stopped the service, that's when all the water started coming in from those back doors. We had people up there and we started moving everything," Arredondo said.
He said the water was around 3- to 4-feet high.
"We spent about three hours keeping the water out. Pushing it out, cleaning it out. And now our concern is that our AC unit will be damaged," Arredondo said.
But the floodwaters didn't stop at Mission Betel.
Another usually sacred, quiet place is now a work zone -- as residents work to repair uprooted graves in the cemetery.
Some are still cleaning up their homes.
"I got nervous. I thought the whole house was going to flood," said Martha Maldonado, another Berino resident.
Others can't get in or out of them.
"Right now, we can't get out. We live towards the end of the street. There's no way. We have small cars so there's no way of crossing," said Susan Ortiz, a Berino resident.
Ortiz said it happens every year and each year, she and her family pump the water out themselves.
"County won't do anything about it, because it's a private road, and right now the damage is pretty much because of county, because they didn't do the dam right. And it overflowed," Ortiz said.
The Doña Ana County fire marshal says that dam is actually a temporary holding pond and was never built to control the water.
"It's going to keep happening if we don't get it fixed. And eventually, somebody will get hurt and we don't want that," Arredondo said.
"Berino is a small town but there's a lot of people here and there was a lot of people that were affected because of the water," Ortiz said.
There will be an emergency meeting tomorrow morning at the Mission Betel Church at 9 a.m. at 1155 East Berino Road.
County officials will meet with people affected by the storms and there will be officials there to assess the damage.
Berino residents are in need of shovels to help them push out dirt and debris that washed onto their property.
The Doña Ana County Health and Human Services Department is also accepting donations of bleach, disinfectant wipes, mops, detergent and electric skillets for affected residents.