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
Poverty, lack of infrastructure adds to severity of San Eli floods
Updated: Monday, September 30 2013, 10:47 AM MDT
By: Genevieve Curtis
SAN ELIZARIO, Texas -- Flood clean up and relief in San Elizario could take several more weeks.
The floods left a mark in the history books but they also left the town soggy, soaking and swamped.
"It's, it's sad, it's hard to hold on because we work so hard to build and then the water is going to destroy, if I can't remove the water, pretty soon it's going to make the mobile home collapse," Ana Ramirez told KFOX14 on Friday as standing water surrounded her homes.
The floods took many by surprise and many are still in need of assistance.
"It definitely shows that maybe we aren't as prepared as we need to be for situations like this because there is still so much that needs to be done. There are still families who don't have their homes and need clothes, need a place to live and need help rebuilding," said state Rep Mary Gonzalez.
Poverty, haphazard housing and a lack of infrastructure compounds the damage. Roads wash away, septic lines break, dirt engulfs homes and homes collapse.
"The combination of all these things creates a more serious effect than I think most people realize," said Gonzalez.
Monday, KFOX14 met with families still figuring out what to do with their water logged homes. Several said the floods left behind a distinct smell.
Currently the county and other agencies are trying to put a price tag on the damage. County Judge Veronica Escobar called a meeting with the various municipalities and agencies. She said it is unlikely they will meet the financial requirements needed to issue a disaster declaration.
For now, they're going to have to push philanthropic efforts to help those affected.
But helping out when others are in need is something Gonzalez said the community does best.
"That's what I love about El Paso, whenever there's a need people come to support," said Gonzalez. As a child, Gonzalez said her home burn to the ground and it was the community that helped her family get through the difficult time.
"I hope we remember the families that are affected and continue to support them the way I was supported when I was younger," said Gonzalez.
The Red Cross said they have some volunteers coming in from Dallas to help and they're in the process of sending assessment teams out to survey property damage.