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State agencies tour flood-damaged Socorro; More help needed
By: Genevieve Curtis
SOCORRO, Texas -- Rebuilding efforts in Socorro could take several more weeks or even months after last month's floods tore through the town.
For the past two days, volunteers from the Montwood Church of Christ are passing out everything from shovels and cleaning supplies to food and brand-new clothing to many families in Socorro still struggling to rebuild.
About $90,000 worth of supplies came on a truck from the Church of Christ in Nashville, Tenn., said Socorro City Manager Willie Norfleet.
Volunteers said they've passed out boxes of goods and supplies to more than 150 families affected by the flooding.
In parts of town around Socorro, it seems like the sand and mud will never leave.
Volunteers from across Texas with the Southern Baptist Disaster Relief are trying to help families dig out and clean their homes.
Enormous amounts of sand still surround many of the homes along Coker Road.
Other families said they've been doing the best they can on their own because they haven't received any other relief.
Alex Saldana said he's been trying to repair his family's home. The family of seven had to leave and stay with relatives because the damage is so bad.
Saldana said what his family really needs are the materials to rebuild.
"It's kind of sad and disappointing. If we had the money, we wouldn't be asking them for anything," said Saldama.
Tuesday, Norfleet said some state agencies took a tour of the city to survey the damage.