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Socorro continues flood cleanup, hopes to prevent future damage
By: Stacey Welsh
SOCORRO, Texas -- The cleanup is just beginning for many in Socorro after Thursday's flood. Coker Road near North Loop was one of the hardest-hit areas.
Socorro resident Barbara Cahill said the water around her mobile home has only gone down about an inch an hour, and there is still about a foot of water there.
"It was all covered over, almost hip deep, all the way around my trailer. Now it's gone down quite a bit, but I've still got so much water," Cahill said.
Cahill said she wants more help from the city to clear the road in front of her house. The problem is, Socorro Mayor Jesus Ruiz said all available city employees are already out clearing damage. Ruiz also said the city did not get the help it was looking for from the National Guard.
"We heard there was a unit. We're not sure if they came down or not. We know it wasn't anything like we were expecting, like trucks coming down or anything like that," Ruiz said.
Ruiz also said the city's next step is applying for grants to improve infrastructure. He said the city needs to come up with an inventory of exactly what kind of equipment it needs to prevent future flood damage.
One ranch owner said his next step is to file an insurance claim after about 8 feet of water washed through his stable.
"It should be able to be saved. It's just a matter of time," Socorro resident Ignacio Sierra said.