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Jul 31, 2014 8:58 PM by Lupita Murillo

Nogales residents continue cleaning up after monsoon storm

NOGALES - Both sides of the border have seen plenty of street flooding this summer.

On the Arizona side, residents are cleaning up after the weekend storm that overflowed the washes and poured water into the streets. Those affected say it's a disaster.

Dina Skinner's house is caked in mud, her brand-new clothes dryer still in the box is ruined, as is her furniture, bedding, and clothing. She says the water that poured into her home reached her chest. The Skinners' 3 cars were also ruined and they didn't have flood insurance.

John Hays from the Flood Control District admits that it's a mess, but is it enough to be declared a disaster by the state or federal government?

"Not currently. Process wise, the city and county need to declare a disaster before the state (DEMA) investigates and considers a declaration. At this time no request has been made of DEMA," said Andrew Wilder, spokesman for the Governor's office.

Residents who suffered major damage said people making the decisions should see the damage firsthand.

"Someone should be held accountable for this," Nogales resident David Gaxiola said.

Families receiving help from the Red Cross are worried about what's next, once the help stops next Wednesday.


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