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Residents want more help from El Paso County with flooding assistance

Virrey Road is covered in mud and at some places has piles at least 10 feet tall from homeowners digging out. Credit: KFOX14 / CBS4

People in El Paso County are still digging out their property after flooding covered their roads, yards and driveways in dirt.

"Our backyard is like a swimming pool," Lilia Lopez said. "It's just flooded. It almost went into my house."

Virrey Road is covered in mud and at some places has piles at least 10 feet tall from homeowners digging out.

The County of El Paso Roads and Bridges had trucks working Tuesday afternoon to clear out the road. They took multiple dump trucks full of dirt out of the neighborhood.

Lopez said she's thankful for the help now, but is afraid for what will happen with more rain.

"We're hoping they can take out all that sand before rain starts pouring in," Lopez said.

El Paso County has the power to declare a disaster in neighborhoods that were hit hard, like Lopez's.

"We're going to continue to keep track of expenses to see if a disaster declaration is warranted and that's ultimately the determination of the county judge," County Commissioner Vince Perez said.

Damage would have to hit a total of at least $3 million for the judge to issue a disaster declaration. When asked about the chances of a declaration being put in place, Perez said the question is "under evaluation."

Neighbor Carlos Fierro would like to see that happen.

"I think they should do that. A lot of our neighbors don't have the funds to do this kind of work," Fierro said.

For now, the county is working to clear roads and prepare for future storms.

"It's almost this juggling act of trying to respond and repair the immediate needs and also preparing for additional rains as well," Perez said.

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