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La Union still in clean up mode weeks after floods destroy homes

LA UNION, New Mexico -- Weeks after severe flooding damaged homes in La Union, the community continues their clean up efforts in the hopes of restoring what they lost.

On Thursday, lots of heavy machinery from Dona Ana County could be seen in La Union removing dirt from several roads as well as removing the remains of a mobile home that was impacted by the floods.

Residents told ABC-7 that they are feeling hopeless and forgotten.

"Were low income people. They don't treat us the same as a town that has people with good houses, more money," said resident Arturo Meraz. "Maybe they feel that we are not high class people, but you know what we are - very humble people and we have a lot of heart."

A county and state declaration of disaster had been declared.

According to the county, the New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management did contact FEMA last week, but the county has yet to hear back.

This is in regards to a potential federal disaster declaration which would bring assistance to the public infrastructure, which would include repairs to dams and roadways.

According to the county, authorization would be needed from the federal government for individual assistance.

"I understand the frustration of residents of La Union who want to put their homes and their lives back together now, following the historic flooding last month. The State of New Mexico, working with local governments and volunteers, is doing everything it can to get them help, but it’s not always a straightforward process,” said New Mexico Lt. Gov. Howie Morales. “ I am confident we will get assistance to all those in need in the La Union community."

Frustrated La Union residents plan to hold a meeting with county officials to discuss the future of their community.

The meeting will take place Monday, Sept. 13 at La Union Elementary School at 5 p.m.

Brianna Perez

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