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San Carlos Colonia Continues to Struggle Year after Devastating Storm

3 years 1 month 2 weeks ago Monday, December 11 2017 Dec 11, 2017 December 11, 2017 10:14 PM December 11, 2017 in News

SAN CARLOS – A colonia in San Carlos continues to recover from a wind storm which tore through the area more than a year ago.

One victim says the damage is more noticeable during these colder months.

In May 2016, dozens of homes received significant damage from a microburst, an event which can happen during a thunderstorm, the winds were strong enough to tear roofs from homes.

Emelda Soto, a resident in the colonia, told CHANNEL 5 NEWS her home may never be the same.

"It still leaks, I tried to fix it but it still leaks," said Soto.

Those strong winds nearly ripped off her entire roof.

"At that time there were several homes damaged, a couple homes down the street, the roofs were (completely) torn off," she recalls.

The American Red Cross assisted homeowners with repairs shortly after the storm.

Over a year later, Soto continues to fill in cracks to prevent rain and winds from getting inside.

She says this poses a problem especially now that it's colder.

"The roof doesn't have insulation so when it snowed it was really cold and I don't have a heater. it was cold," said Soto.

With only enough money to pay for bills and essentials, Soto says repairs are an afterthought, especially during the holidays.

"On Christmas, is when you want to have a little bit more money so you can have a good time, but you can't," said Soto.

Right now, Soto says she's not sure how much longer it will take to fix her home but it's something she won’t give up on.

There are ways here in the Rio Grande Valley people in similar situations as Soto can still get help.

Sister Norma Pimentel is with the Faith Communities for Disaster Recovery, who helps homes recover from storms in the Valley.

You will need to qualify, in order to do so Pimentel says those still suffering from storm damages should head over to Catholic Charities to apply, located at 400 North Nebraska Avenue in San Juan.

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