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La Union still faces cleanup two months after storms rip through

By: Gina Benitez
LA UNION, N.M. -- More than two months after heavy rains pounded La Union, the community is still plagued with cleanup.

"I know that there were a couple of homes that were really hit bad. One of them that I know of is getting help," said MaryAnn Galindo, with La Union Town Council.

Augustin Sanchez Soliz is one of several workers fixing up a home that was almost a total loss.

"It had cracked, the foundation of the home, the rooms had almost caved in and we ripped up the wood and it was all rotten underneath. If the water kept coming, these rooms would have fallen completely to the ground," Soliz said.

Damages extend further than just the places people sleep at night.

"The damage, a lot of it is to the streets. And that, I don't know how long it's gonna take the county to bring them back up to par," Galindo said.

Problem is -- much of the roads in the area are on private land and the county legally can't touch them.

"The community has gotten help through different organizations and different people coming forth and helping," Galindo said.

Galindo said there's still much to be done.

"Cleaning up yards, as far as removing sand, moving dirt, putting fences back up," Galindo said.
If you'd like to help, you can contact Our Lady of Refuge Catholic Church at (575) 589-0542.



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