Relief Efforts Continue in Duroville after Flooding
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Volunteer organizations are working hard in the Thermal area to make sure people have clean water and food after Tuesday's flooding.
Days later, Duroville is still a muddy mess.
"It rained a lot, it brought a lot of water like never before," said Delfino Mendoza, who does maintenance in Duroville.
Maria has lived in Duroville for seven years, Sse described the flooding that caused a state of emergency for the eastern end of the Coachella Valley.
"It was raining, the rain just started coming down and the canal sort of just dismantled and all the water just came flooding in," said Maria.
In Mecca... Some roads are still flooded.
Saul Martinez Elementary School re-opened Thursday, but only some of the classrooms because of flood damage.
But in Duroville, the situation is more dire.
Some homes have no power, and the water is contaminated.
"We're fine, just everybody is a little sad because of the water," said Maria.
95 people were at the Red Cross Shelter Wednesday in Desert Mirage High School.
"We expect to stay open as long as there's a need in the community, so until the people can safely go back to their homes," said Red Cross shelter manager, Lynda Shoemaker.
Coachella Valley Water District and Desert Water brought clean water.
And the Salvation Army drove to Duroville to help hundreds of families by bringing food, baby wipes and toys.
"I just believe strongly that everybody needs the same basic things in life, clean food, clean water, sanitary place to live and that is our goal," said Lt. Bonita Kelsey with The Salvation Army.
The Salvation Army brought 160 meals for people as well as baby formula and other things for people who were left without water, they will also be back Friday afternoon.
"Thank you Salvation Army because it is a lot of help," said Maria.
The Red Cross and the Salvation Army are both accepting donations.