Flood Victims Tired Of Slow Process

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POSTED: Friday, June 17, 2011 - 6:20pm

UPDATED: Friday, June 17, 2011 - 6:24pm

EL PASO - Elvira Garcia can't help but shake her head.

"This is frustrating, very frustrating," she said.

That's because nearly two weeks after a breach in the Franklin Canal flooded her home, and dozens of others, she still spends every day cleaning up.

"Yes, it is tiring because you keep looking at what's wrong and you can't do nothing about it," Garcia said.

City inspectors said damage in adobe homes might not show for a while, but the walls in her home are already showing damage, and her wood floors are ruined.

"What we're doing is coming and walking in here and were going downward. The floor is going down," Garcia said.

Other neighbors like Miguel Espinoza are in the same boat. He's left sweeping up while what's left of his belongings are in boxes.

"I'm taking all this to storage on Saturday," he said.

Neighbors say the city is helping them out, but they're tired of living out of a hotel and some of them are angry.

"Because I don't see any movement. Nobody comes to say well we're going to tear it down, or we're going to build it. Come on, open your mouth," Garcia said.

They want a place to call home, not a hotel room.

"If they can give me what we paid for the property, the house, good money, I will move. I will happily move out, but if we have to wait and see what they're going to do, I guess they're going to take maybe a year," Garcia said.

And they won't know until the city's process with the insurance companies is finalized

"I don't know when I'm coming back to my house, three, four, five, six months. I don't know," Espinoza said.

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