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
La Union residents, officials discuss flood damage recovery
Updated: Monday, September 30 2013, 10:47 AM MDT
By: Stacey Welsh
LA UNION, N.M. -- Residents in La Union held a community meeting with county and state officials Saturday to figure out how they should begin cleaning up after heavy rain Thursday and Friday caused a dam to break. The water destroyed homes and roads and left hundreds without basic needs like running water.
About 100 people gathered at La Union Catholic Church to share their concerns.
"I went through Hurricane Katrina in Lake Charles, and it was bad there, but this is horrible. I feel like they need to get out here and help these people," La Union resident Michael Nelson said.
The Dona Ana County Emergency Operation Center said sandbags are still being delivered to and distributed from the La Union Fire District Station. The county flood commission and roads department have also recommended evacuation for residents in the 15000 block of Las Alturas Drive near Las Cruces and portions of Alvarez Road near La Union.
State Rep. Mary Helen Garcia (D - Las Cruces) said she has an idea to get funding to La Union as soon as possible.
"I think that there is a fund that we can tap into immediately and that's the Colonias Infrastructure Fund. It was started here a long time ago by Governor Richardson. There is an awful lot of money there, and I do think they have now perhaps a fund now that some of the counties have not used," Garcia said.
The emergency operation center also said a couple of roads in the community are completely washed out, some utilities are exposed and some people do not have road access to their homes. People seeking shelter can also stay at the Del Cerro Community Center, and the Dona Ana County American Red Cross chapter is maintaining its temporary shelter.
"The roads department has been here in the overnight hours. They're going to continue through the weekend. We've got people from Health and Human Services who are working with the Red Cross and the office of emergency management, so resources are being deployed," Dona Ana County Director of Public Information Jess Williams said.
The Dona Ana County Board of Commissioners is expected to meet in emergency session at 9 a.m. Monday, and it could issue a declaration of disaster in order to seek state and federal assistance.
The Red Cross is also accepting donations of cash, bottled water, nonperishable food, cots, blankets and clothes.