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La Union residents struggle with street flooding, damages

By: Bill Melugin 
LA UNION, N.M. – After heavy rains and flooding practically destroyed the roads of one Borderland community, its residents pleaded for help from Dona Ana County leaders.
Last September, La Union was hit hard by the rain and roads were washed away. Homeowners in the area are still trying to clean up from Wednesday’s thunderstorms, and county officials said they can’t do anything about it just yet.
A county spokesperson told KFOX14 on Thursday the affected roads were private and people had to pay out of pocket for the flooding damage.
However, the street signs are green, which means the county maintains them.
On Friday, the spokesperson said the county was liable for those roads and was aware of the situation.
Guillermo Aguirre lived near the intersection of Conejo and Sentenario in for 24 years, and he said severe flooding happens in that area regularly.
He said he already paid $10,000 out of his pocket because the county hasn’t helped.
Aguirre lives with his aging parents so he said he isn’t sure if he can move or will ever be able to sell his house. To make matters worse, his insurance dropped him.
"After the 2006 floods, my insurance came out and took video of all the damage; they saw it all, and after that, they decided not to insure me anymore because I'm in a flood zone. I asked if I could get natural disasters insurance and they said, ‘No. Maybe in a few years,’" Aguirre said.
The spokesperson said they knew about the flooding issues, but can’t start repairs or clean up until the area is completely dry – meaning the end of the monsoon season.