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 prioritizing cleanup of flood damage, sinkholes
Updated: Monday, September 30 2013, 10:56 AM MDT
By: Stacey Welsh
SOCORRO, Texas -- Socorro City Council Member At Large Rene Rodriguez said the city has to prioritize areas to clean up after last week's flooding. That includes a sinkhole that is about 50 feet deep near Thunder Road, one of the hardest-hit areas.
"You may have an area that's very devastated, but you only have, say, 10 people driving. Versus an area that's mild in damage, but you have 100 people driving through it. So, we're fixing the areas that have more volume in traffic," Rodriguez said.
People living near the uphill side of the sinkhole told KFOX14 they do not have a problem driving up to their mobile homes because of it. However, people living near the bottom said they have been feeling the effects of mud and rocks falling for days.
"The thing from over there came down. Rocks came down. It was terrible. Terrible. I have two days that I didn't go to work, so it was a mess," Socorro resident Eva Ramos said.
Rodriguez also said the city is looking into building dams to prevent future sinkholes. In the meantime, Rodriguez said, the city could buy property from residents if it gets funding from grants to do so.
"It would be cheaper at this point to do that than building a dam in that area because there's not enough people," Rodriguez said.
Rodriguez said the city would then provide those people with housing. Socorro estimates flooding caused about $6 million damage. El Paso County could declare a state of emergency in the next couple of weeks based on damage estimates from Socorro and surrounding areas. That could mean help from the federal government.
Rodriguez also said the city hopes residents will be patient with the cleanup because the city is not authorized to clean flood damage out of private residences.