Sunland Park neighbors look for help as street flooding enters 7th day
POSTED: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 5:43pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 2:45pm
EL PASO (KTSM) — After a week of flooding in their neighborhood, members of a local community nervously kept their eyes on the darkening clouds on Tuesday afternoon.
Monday night’s heavy storms made a bad situation worse along Calle Díaz in Sunland Park that left the dirt road submerged in six inches of water and many neighbors stuck.
“It’s a problem,” said resident José Antonio Galván. “We have about 25 families affected.”
Sunland Park Mayor Javier Perea told NewsChannel 9 the neighborhood was built in a small valley, but he put the brunt of the blame of the area’s aging pump system.
“[The system] has been in place for a long time,” Perea said. “They’ve managed to fix it, but it’s just giving out at this point.”
Perea has asked Doña Ana County to provide a temporary pump in order to drain Calle Díaz as city leaders scramble to find funding for a new pump system.
Perea said Sunland Park currently has an $800 budget surplus but is not enough to cover the thousands of dollars needed for the pumps.
The mayor added that the city would most likely reallocate funds because of the safety concerns associated with the flooding.
Resident Sara Arellano told NewsChannel 9 that the neighborhood is close-knit with family members living across from one another.
As another round of rain rolled in on Tuesday evening, Arellano seemed skeptical of any plans for a permanent fix.
“It’s always been like this,” she said. “It was like this when it flooded in 2006…It’s horrible.”