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
Vado residents suffer severe flooding for third time in several weeks
Updated: Monday, September 30 2013, 10:39 AM MDT
By: Bill Melugin
VADO, New Mexico --
Vado is no stranger to the consequences of heavy rains in the Borderland.
A small trailer park in the town has flooded not once, not twice, but three times since late July, and residents say this time has been the worst.
"Once again, what happened here is what always happens, a total flood," said Maria Salazar. "When it rained, the water started building up and then the mud started spreading out all over the place."
Thick mud blanketed the entire area, including the road in and out of the trailer park, leaving some cars stuck in place, and some areas completely inaccessible.
Salazar's daughter, Yadira Hernandez, is pregnant and was expected to give birth Wednesday.
"I'm due today, and then this happened this morning, so I don't have anywhere else to go. This is my home," Hernandez said. "Our water service just got cut off, I don't know why, so I'm going to call the water company."
Salazar and Hernandez told KFOX14 they want to relocate to Las Cruces, and they had planned to move on Thursday.
"We were going to move our mobile homes tomorrow, but now we have to wait about a week, so I don't know what's going to happen," Hernandez said.
The biggest frustration for the mother and daughter is the lack of assistance from any officials.
"It's really frustrating because nobody ever does anything; there's this law that doesn't allow the county to help us," Hernandez said.
Holding back tears, Salazar said, "I don't understand why they can't help
it's us. It's only my daughter and I, she's pregnant; it makes me so depressed."
KFOX14 asked Dona Ana County Commissioner Billy Garret that exact question.
"We cannot get involved directly in interventions because of the state Constitution, which prohibits use of public money and time for individuals, for individual benefit, even in the case of disasters," Garret said. "The main thing we're trying to do is to monitor the situation in terms of public safety, first priority is their personal safety, the second thing is we're doing what we can to afford some protection, for their personal property and homes. We're not trying to evacuate them, I think it's more accurate to say we're recommending it, and when I say we, I'm talking about the people who are specialists in emergency management -- they've looked at the situation and they are the ones recommending voluntarily moving out of the area."
For now, all Salazar and Hernandez can do is clean up, and hope more storms don't hit.
"This has affected all of us, we're all renting here, and all we want to do is just leave," Salazar said.
"I don't know why this happens. It's New Mexico, it never rains this bad. For people to be swimming in the arroyo, that's bad," Hernandez said.