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
Socorro City Council approves disaster declaration following flood
Updated: Monday, September 30 2013, 10:56 AM MDT
By: Stacey Welsh
SOCORRO, Texas -- The Socorro City Council voted to approve a declaration of disaster for the city. Socorro Mayor Jesus Ruiz signed a declaration of disaster on Tuesday that does not require council approval, but only lasts for one week. According to the Texas Government Code, the declaration of disaster in effect Thursday will last for 30 days.
Ruiz said a disaster declaration allows city crews to help clean up roads damaged by flooding on private property. While Ruiz said private property owners have not restricted city cleanup crews so far, a disaster declaration allows the city to continue applying for grants from the federal government.
"It's a private road, but it's still used by the police officers and firemen and school buses, and it's damaged right now. We can go ahead and try to fix as much as we can," Ruiz said.
Thunder and Coker roads were some of the hardest hit areas by last week's flood. Ignacio Sierra owns a ranch on Coker and said he has been relying on help from neighbors to clean about 8 feet of mud from his stables.
Socorro resident Kay Rowan said she has been helping a friend whose house on Thunder Road was inundated by about two feet of water.
"It's pretty extensive. There's a total loss of all the furniture. It's pretty much all gone and then they're going to have to cut out sheet rock," Rowan said.
Volunteers from the Texas Southern Baptist Convention are also helping clean homes on Thunder Road after getting a call about the damage from a local church.
"If you don't have insurance or anything, that's your life savings. Everything you've accumulated over your life. That's your furniture being put in that dumpster," volunteer James Bell said.
For now, Ruiz said the city plans to use funds from its recently approved budget to buy equipment it needs for the cleanup.