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
Letter from county officials sent to governor asking for assistance
Updated: Monday, September 30 2013, 10:56 AM MDT
By: Genevieve Curtis
EL PASO, Texas - El Paso County officials declared a disaster following the devastating floods that hit the Borderland recently.
County officials said they hope to get some relief from the state and federal government after heavy rains caused damaged in the county.
County Judge Veronica Escobar issued the disaster declaration Monday afternoon. Escobar said she would send a letter to Gov. Rick Perry requesting his help for rebuilding the county. The letter details the estimated $4 million in damage to public infrastructure not including private property.
Red Cross officials said they're working with 27 families and identified about 10 families that cannot return to their homes because of damage by rain, floods and mud. The county said it identified 22 homes in communities like Socorro, San Eli, Vinton and other areas of the county that were destroyed by the floods.
El Paso County officials approved authorizing funds to provide emergency assistance including rapid rehousing to families affected by flooding.
Escobar said she's hopeful they can get help from the state but said everything will be scrutinized and the aide may not be what people are expecting.
"Believe me, we will take any aid we can get. That's part of why we wanted to try to reach the threshold on the declaration. See what we can get from the state, see what we can get from the feds but we also simultaneously have to work locally to see what we can do for the private property owners who lost everything," said Escobar.
The county said it will not be able to meet the $30 million mark in private damage and so it needs the help of the entire community to help families in need.
The Red Cross plans to close its shelters Tuesday and begin long-term recovery efforts.