Update: Residents at Machuca Apartments Fear Next Rain Storm


POSTED: Monday, July 12, 2010 - 6:26pm

UPDATED: Monday, July 12, 2010 - 6:56pm

At least ten families are temporarily homeless after Sunday night's rains caused their ceilings to collapse.

The roofs were already under repair but that could be the very factor that let water seep in, costing the people not only a night's sleep, but also their belongings.

"I saw the flashes and I heard noises outside," said Cecilia Rubio, a neighbor who lives next door to the affected apartments.

Cecilia Rubio woke up in the middle of the night to police lights and families gathered outside. Everyone was OK, but the same can't be said for some of the apartments.

"The water that had seeped in affected some of the plaster, or the sheet rock if you will, causing that to fall down," said Shane Griffith from The Housing Authority of El Paso.

And it's going to take more than a mop and bucket to clean up.

"I feel bad you know we take a long time to buy things because we live in these apartments," Rubio said. "And the reason we live in these apartments is because we have to even if we don't want to."

These apartments are low-income housing provided by the Housing Authority of El Paso. Now Cecilia's not only worried about her neighbors but also herself.

"Well I have some air bubbles right there," said Rubio.

She found this damage in her own ceiling but she's not holding her breath until someone comes out to look at it.

"One time I called in emergency to come fix my air conditioner but they didn't even come," Rubio said.

The Housing Authority says their priority is to make sure the damaged apartments are taken care of first. For now Cecilia just hopes the next rains don't force her out of her apartment, too.

"Pray to god that nothing happens," she said.

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