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
Flood cleanup a slow process in San Elizario
Updated: Monday, September 30 2013, 10:47 AM MDT
By: Genevieve Curtis
SAN ELIZARIO, Texas -- Families in San Elizario are still trying to dry off after Thursday's devastating floods.
County crews have been out since Thursday trying to pump out the floodwater that made its way into several homes. However, many homeowners said they are still waiting to get some help.
Ana Ramirez said the flooding caused the sewer lines in front of her neighbor's homes to burst, which turned her front yard into a lake full of sewage.
"It smells nasty; it itches," Ramierz said and she described the water she has to walk through to get in and out of her home. "It's sad because you work so hard to build a house and this dirty water from the sewer is damaging our properties."
The murky waters made their way into Rubi Esther Marquez's home and soaked just about everything she owns.
"The water came inside. 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.
Like Ramierz, Marquez had to walk through a foot of sewage water to get in and out of her home. She said she's worried she could get an infection.
"I feel sad. I feel like crying," said Marquez.
Both said their calls for assistance from the Lower Valley Water District and the county have gone unanswered.
Private companies returned $200 to $800 estimates to pump out the water, a cost the women said they just can't afford right now.
Ramierz said she feels forgotten about.
"I'm sure everyone in San Elizario feels that way. We call everybody and nobody's is responding. It's frustrating. It's sad," said Ramierz.
County Commissioner Vince Perez spent a majority of the day in San Elizario where crews have been working overnight trying to make a dent in the overwhelming floods.
"The crews are working here as hard as they can and we've got all of our equipment deployed. We are trying to hit as many areas as we can," said Perez.
While KFOX14 was on the scene, Perez spoke to the families with sewage in their front yard and said he will try to see what can be done to help them.
The floods also caused some sinkholes in the area, watch for that story tonight on KFOX14 News at Nine.