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Gaping holes in border fence and a trapped community because of monsoon

Valerie Cavazos

Gaping holes in border fence and a trapped community because of monsoon

By Valerie Cavazos. CREATED Aug 7, 2013

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - It's been weeks now, and still no answers for a Cochise County neighborhood trapped after strong storms destroyed their only way in and out.

Now there are new concerns.

Reduced now to a narrow strip of dirt road, only passable by smaller vehicles.

"For the time being, no big trucks can get through. Garbage trucks, FedEx trucks. All of that is cancelled."

Some residents park one of their vehicles on the North side of wash to avoid being trapped.

"They park over there and then they drive a car back. Park on this side walk across get in the other car and go to work."

Robert Stone is the man who moves the dirt to rebuild the road, it took him 5 hours, after the latest overnight storm.

He says he'll eventually run out of material.

"Every time it washes across we lose material and we have to get more. Right now I'm in the process of scooping off other parts of the road that we're not using because we don't have any more material anywhere else. I'm having to dig further and deeper to get it out."

The only temporary solution to get out is questionable.

Neighbors say they are forced to take an hour and a half detour along with border road but they say sometimes this road is impassable after a storm.

And now there are more concerns, safety concerns, down the road.

Take a look at this gaping hole in the border fence, made by agents to prevent the wall from collapsing when water rushes through during a storm.

Folks here tell us they fell trapped from all sides.

"We don't have tons of money to fix the road properly."

To permanently fix the problem, to avoid repeats year after year after year.

The South Paloma trail neighbors know that since this is private land they have to take care of the problem themselves which will cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.

They've organized community meetings to brainstorm and they've opened a bank account to raise money for these make-shift repairs to road.

They're still hoping for help from the county or the state, but nothing yet.

A Cochise County community is bracing for the next big storm to hit their area.

South Paloma Trail residents are trying to figure out how they will get to school and work.

When another storm destroys their only way in and out.

"Every time it washes across we lose material and we have to get more. Right now I'm in the process of scooping off other parts of the road that we're not using because we don't have any more material anywhere else."

Neighbors say the only temporary solution, south of the neighborhood, is questionable.

Residents are still hoping for help from the county, state, or federal government.