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
Heavy rain leaves big mess central El Paso resident
Updated: Monday, September 30 2013, 10:39 AM MDT
By: Melissa Gundersen
EL PASO, Texas -- Many people in the Borderland woke up Wednesday morning to some big messes because of heavy rainstorms.
In central El Paso, one man's home doubles as a business.
Roberto Arriaga woke up Wednesday morning to water coming inside. He said he grabbed a broom and hurried out the door, trying to move the water away from his life's biggest investment
Luckily he caught the problem in time, but Arriaga said he's upset with the city.
"It seems that every time we get rain it gets flooded right here. Just a little bit of rain, it gets flooded. (The city) builds a reservoir right there and it's worthless," said Arriaga.
Arriaga said the drainage system put in by the city doesn't work. He's not the only person who's expressed that concern.
Jose Aguilera lives on East Missouri Street in central El Paso and this he work up to a swimming pool in his back yard.
"The water was up to my knee. I jumped in there to get my dogs out," said Aguilera.
Aguilera said he's never experienced anything like that until a few months ago, "ever since they built that drainage ditch back there."
El Paso Water Utilities officials said they built the drainage ditch to stop flooding. While they said this storm was too much for the ditch to handle, Aguilera claims the ditch isn't the true issue.
"They raised up the alley higher than my back yard is. Instead of the water running out and into the drainage ditch, it's staying in my yard," said Aguilera.
When EPWU built the drainage system, they also paved the alleyway behind Aguilera's home. Now the alley is about 3 inches higher than his back yard.
Aguilera said he tried calling his insurance company.
"They just told me you need to contact the city because the water's supposed to run off that way and obviously that's blocking it," said Aguilera.
City officials said they've never gotten any complaints from Aguilera or anyone else in that area.
They say they're going to look into the problem.