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
Floods force San Eli families from homes
Updated: Monday, September 30 2013, 10:47 AM MDT
By: Genevieve Curtis
EL PASO- Texas: Once the floodwaters started creeping in and began to rise, some families in San Elizario said they knew they had no choice but to leave.
"We just had to evacuate," said Flor Durate.
It was hard to find a piece of dry land in the historic community Thursday as floodwaters eroded the streets, cars sloshed through the roads and people waded out into the water in search of drier spaces.
Durate and her family made it out of their house after water began seeping in and covering their floors. Durate says seven people live in their home.
"We were just trying to pick up everything we can from the floor, putting it on the bed, table, everything," said Durate.
After some of the water retreated, Durate returned a few hours later to show KFOX14 the damage. The home was not accessible from the road and KFOX14 crews had to park a few blocks away and walk through feet of water before arriving at Durate's door.
"It was just totally a disaster. I mean, I know nothing like this had happened like this ever, but we don't even know what to do," said Durate. She said she planned to try to stay with her sister for now.
The standing water closed at least 14 streets in San Eli and the fire department said it had reports of at least 75 homes with some type of flooding.
Siomara Gomez and her seven children found shelter with a neighbor after threatening water rushed in.
"Through the back door, all the water came through like a river, we were eating breakfast with our feet in the water, but then it started to rise and we realized we had to get out," said Gomez.
Others managed to stay dry, even when deep flood waters encircled their homes and some even tried to provide a laugh to their neighbors, posting a sign that read, "No Fishing!!"
Despite the heavy flooding and property damage, the El Paso Sheriff's Office reported no injuries or accidents.