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Flood victims get help from a group of teens

By: Melissa Gundersen
SOCORRO, Texas -- People across the borderland are stuck dealing with severe flooding. One Socorro woman said she's getting help during this tough time and she's thanking a group of teens.

Bertha Rios said she's never seen anything like the flooding in her home.

"Within two hours my house was flooded. Seventy percent of my house is flooded. I'm going to have to put in new furniture, new walls and floor," said Rios.

Rios said she's not alone. City officials said it's because Socorro simply isn't prepared for such heavy rains. Dealing with the aftermath, Rios tried calling law enforcement for help. Rios said she didn't get anywhere until she found out about the Fire Explorers Program.

"We'll be going to flooded houses probably helping them paint and everything so they don't have to be paying people," said Gerarvo DeLuna, Fire Explorer.

This branch of the explorers are a group of about 30 teens from Socorro High School. 

Next week, they'll be going around to damaged homes, helping to fix any problems homeowners have. People will get help for a good price free.

"Like helping the community," said DeLuna.

Saturday, explorers kicked off their efforts by filling sandbags People can pick them up for free at the Socorro Recycling Center on Old Hueco Tanks Road.

"To be prepared for next time, come get some and save them for when you really need them," said DeLuna.
City officials said it's all about being prepared, but since the borderland wasn't this time around, people like Rios are saying "thank you" to the explorers.

"I'm glad they've been able to help the community," said Rios.

If you live in Socorro and you're in need of help, the explorers will be at the city council meeting this Thursday at 6 p.m. to see who's in need of help.


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