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Heavy rains may be to blame for Lower Valley roof collapse
By: Gina Benitez
EL PASO, Texas - Thursday morning's heavy rains may be to blame for a roof collapse in the Lower Valley.
The roof fell at a quadraplex at 159 Whittier Drive where Liz Lopez and her family lived for the last nine years.
"The only thing that's left is the light fixture, attached to the wooden stick, I guess. And the only thing that was left intact is the bathroom," Lopez said.
They're left trying to figure out what they can salvage from the storm.
"The computer got wet, the TVs got wet, the couches, everything in the bedroom. Even as we were trying to get some of the stuff out, some other pieces of the ceiling was still collapsing," Lopez said.
Couches were covered in drywall and parts of the ceiling were still dangling when our KFOX14 crews went in.
Lopez said her husband was the first to wake up, at around 3:30 Thursday morning.
"When he turned on the hallway light, he saw that the whole living room had crashed in. And then he heard the kids crying, so he went to the room and opened the door was collapsed," Lopez said.
Lopez said the roofs were in the process of being replaced when the storm swept through.
"The kids were asleep so everything fell on top of them. And with the water and stuff, so, we haven't got much sleep," Lopez said.
The Lopezs don't have renters insurance.
"We're still trying to figure out what still works because we really can't turn on any of the electricity," Lopez said.
The money to replace their permanently damaged belongings will likely have to come from their own pocket.
"So right now, what we're going to have to do is, because there's so much damage, it's all the way through the house, we can't even stay here," Lopez said.
Lopez said the owners of the quadraplex have been a huge help and are putting them up in a motel until the unit is once again livable.