Cleaning up in Nogales after flooding near the border - Tucson News Now

Cleaning up in Nogales after flooding near the border

NOGALES, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Clean up in Nogales continues this morning after the weekend monsoon.  With the strong wind and rains it knocked over section of the U.S.-Mexico border fence.  The hole is about 60 feet wide and is near the Mariposa Port of Entry.  

Although part of the fence is down, U.S. Border Patrol officials in Nogales say security has not been compromised and they have an agent standing guard to watch this area.  

This weekend's storm did not just knock down part of the fence, it damaged several homes as well.  One home, located on Western Avenue, shows a water line on the door about a foot high.  The man who lives in the home says his belongings inside the home are covered in mud and the vehicles outside are also stuck in sludge.  He and his family attempted to clean up on Sunday, but there is so much more work to be done.  No one was hurt during the flooding and so far the family is staying positive, but they, like many residents in the area, want something to be done with the washes so something like this does not happen again. 

"I couldn't do anything, I was no more than 100 yards away and my parents and sister were trapped," said Jose Origel on his family getting stuck in the mud. About ten other residents along this street are dealing with the same problem.

Thanks to the Red Cross, they will all have a temporary place to stay for the next few days.  Several agencies were out in Nogales over the weekend to help with the clean-up including the City of Nogales, fire, police and Santa Cruz County. 

CBP officials say contractors have been dispatched to fix the fence, but it is too early to tell exactly when that will be. 

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