Las Cruces motel now home to Hurricane Harvey evacuees

A family from Rockport, Texas is staying in Las Cruces after Hurricane Harvey damaged their home. (Courtesy: Jeanne Cooper)

A dozen people are living at the Royal Host Motel in Las Cruces, N.M., after they evacuated their homes right before Hurricane Harvey made landfall.

“When we came down here, we didn’t expect to not go back anytime soon. I was thinking, oh, we’ll go up for the hurricane and come right back,” Sabrina Morales said.

She and Daniel Lee went to visit their home in Port Arasnas for the day on Saturday to see the damage for the first time.

“We were actually lucky,” Lee said. “We only lost everything that was on the ground. We lost all our furniture due to sewage. Sewage came up and there’s black mold everywhere.”

Morales said seeing the damage around the community and in their own home was difficult.

“When I walked into my house and saw my son’s crib, that’s when it hit me because ti was just covered in mold. We had to throw away everything,” she said.

Jeanne Cooper, who’s also in the group staying at the motel, lost everything.

“It’s a mobile home, but there’s nothing left. I don’t know what I’m going to do,” Cooper said. “I’m just taking it one day at a time.”

Cooper said she’d eventually like to return home to south Texas, but doesn’t know when that will happen.

People in the Las Cruces community donated clothes, food and a fridge throughout the last week to help the group get by.

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