Washed out and waiting for help, Palominas residents still stranded
It's been nearly six days since strong storms destroyed a concrete wash, the only way in and out for residents living along South Paloma Trail. Nearly a week later, residents are still stranded.Photo: Video by kgun9.com
PALOMINAS, Ariz. (KGUN9-TV)- A concrete wash in crumbles -- Massive cement slabs shuffled around as if they were weightless. It has been six days since strong storms destroyed a concrete wash, the only way in and out for residents living along South Paloma Trail. Nearly a week later, residents are still stranded.
The rural road is a public easement. Meaning, it is not county responsibility. A spokesperson for the Cochise County Administrator tells 9OYS, the county does not have the legal authority to work on the road.
"It's extremely frustrating. I mean, I'm at the point of tears. This is ridiculous," longtime resident Marie Boston said.
Residents have since set up a pseudo shuttle system, having been told to take an alternate route. The new commute cuts into private ranch land, detouring through Naco. What is typically a 25 minute drive into Sierra Vista, residents say, now takes two hours.
Additionally, residents tell 9OYS their trash collection has been stopped and in the case of an emergency, there is no way for crews to get to them quickly.
"We want it fixed. I mean, I can't afford to go 2,000 miles a month to go to work," resident Bob Schumacher added.
Nine On Your Side contacted a slew of State Representatives, Governor Jan Brewer's Office, Cochise County Supervisors and U.S. Customs and Border Patrol. They all says they are looking into the issue.