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Socorro flooding leaves Coker Road residents with cleanup
By: Stacey Welsh
SOCORRO, Texas -- Flooding caused mandatory evacuations in Socorro Thursday. Coker Road near North Loop is one of the hardest hit areas. People living there tell KFOX14 the water level has only gone down a few inches throughout the afternoon.
"When I came back from dropping off my kids, the fire department was there and they would not let me go in," Dorothy Turner said.
The city opened up temporary shelters for people affected by flooding at the Rio Vista Community Center and Socorro High School.
Socorro Mayor Jesus Ruiz said the city asked for help to reach the Coker Road area from extra crews from the Tigua Reservation and the National Guard.
"That's a big mess. We can't get back there. It's pure sand, pure dirt. People are stranded there, and that's where we're hoping the National Guard can help us and reach those people," Ruiz said.
When the rain finally stopped Thursday afternoon, it left Sierra Stables near Coker Road with tons of sand to clear out. Ignacio Sierra also said the flood damaged the road leading up to his property.
"My plan is to start cleaning up and actually just remove all the sand to go ahead and drive up here to the ranch," Sierra said.