Emergency shelters set up for Socorro flood victims

Emergency shelters set up for Socorro flood victims

POSTED: Thursday, September 12, 2013 - 11:21pm

UPDATED: Friday, September 13, 2013 - 7:10am

The rains have been so damaging in some parts of town that residents are being forced into emergency shelters early Thursday afternoon.

The day started early and in a panic for the people of Socorro like Victoria Solis, a young girl staying with her family at a Red Cross Shelter in Socorro.

"It was time to go to school, but I was so worried," said Solis.

Heavy rain and torrential downpours left many people stranded as the fast-moving waters flooded their homes.

 "Our house inside, it got water and we were all taking it out," said Soto.

The Soto family of five were upset about the loss of their home.

 "The water came to the windows and she lost everything, clothes, food everything, TV's, everything," said a family friend of the Soto's.

One woman had to take her children to the roof and wait for help.

"I was scared. Scared because of my babies. They were crying and we couldn't do anything. We lost everything. Our cars, house, everything that was inside the house. We lost everything," said Socorro Resident Victoria Snowden.

The Red Cross set up shelters at three different locations in for people that needed a place to stay dry and warm.

"Sense of relief that comes over someone's face when they realize that people do care. People are there to help them through this crisis," said Red Cross of El Paso director Mark Matthis.

While the shelters are just a temporary fix, it gave families a chance to regroup and think about how to get back on their feet.

"Bed, chips and all types of what we need," said Soto, as she listed off the things the Red Cross was providing for her. “I feel so sad that I leave my house but I will stay right here."

The citizens of Socorro say they hope for changes in the future that will better prepare the city for flooding and weather emergencies.

 "I expect from them to help us get everything fixed like the streets. And try to do something because we have family to take care of," said Snowden.

If you'd like to volunteer, please visit www.redcross.org/support.

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