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
Massive Socorro sinkholes destroy back yard, threaten homes
Updated: Monday, September 30 2013, 10:40 AM MDT
By: Bill Melugin
SOCORRO, Texas --
Thursday's heavy rains opened up two massive sinkholes in a neighborhood on Reid Road in Socorro, just off the Horizon exit from Interstate 10.
Dakota Gomez told KFOX14 her parents woke up in the middle of the night when they heard a crashing sound.
"The rain was really heavy, and then you could hear the tree fall in the back and hear the sand falling," Gomez said. "In the back, by my mom and dad's house, the tree fell, the waterline fell, the electric pole fell, everything went down into a sinkhole, we're afraid we're going to lose everything."
When KFOX14 was at the scene, the sinkholes continued to grow in size, and there was another problem.
A large river of runoff water from the freeway had cut right through the neighborhood, and was threatening to destabilize even more ground near the sinkholes.
The city of Socorro had not been out to help yet, so homeowners took things into their own hands.
Using shovels, they built a mud wall to divert the water away from their homes.
One of the men helping was the landlord who owns the property in the area, a man named Santiago Arana.
"It's really bad, I think it already destroyed one of my mobile homes, the people, the tenants down there are stuck, they can't get in and out," Arana said. "We are trying to divert the water from coming down here and creating more damage."
A city bulldozer eventually arrived and helped with the construction of the wall.
Now, homeowners can only hope that rain doesn't hit again.
"Hopefully this wall holds," Gomez said. "The storm in 2006 was worse."