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 victims get help from a group of teens
Updated: Monday, September 30 2013, 10:47 AM MDT
By: Melissa Gundersen
SOCORRO, Texas -- People across the borderland are stuck dealing with severe flooding. One Socorro woman said she's getting help during this tough time and she's thanking a group of teens.
Bertha Rios said she's never seen anything like the flooding in her home.
"Within two hours my house was flooded. Seventy percent of my house is flooded. I'm going to have to put in new furniture, new walls and floor," said Rios.
Rios said she's not alone. City officials said it's because Socorro simply isn't prepared for such heavy rains. Dealing with the aftermath, Rios tried calling law enforcement for help. Rios said she didn't get anywhere until she found out about the Fire Explorers Program.
"We'll be going to flooded houses probably helping them paint and everything so they don't have to be paying people," said Gerarvo DeLuna, Fire Explorer.
This branch of the explorers are a group of about 30 teens from Socorro High School.
Next week, they'll be going around to damaged homes, helping to fix any problems homeowners have. People will get help for a good price – free.
"Like helping the community," said DeLuna.
Saturday, explorers kicked off their efforts by filling sandbags People can pick them up for free at the Socorro Recycling Center on Old Hueco Tanks Road.
"To be prepared for next time, come get some and save them for when you really need them," said DeLuna.
City officials said it's all about being prepared, but since the borderland wasn't this time around, people like Rios are saying "thank you" to the explorers.
"I'm glad they've been able to help the community," said Rios.
If you live in Socorro and you're in need of help, the explorers will be at the city council meeting this Thursday at 6 p.m. to see who's in need of help.