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Monday, September 23, 2013 - 6:59pm
BERINO, N.M. — The clean up efforts continue throughout Dona Ana County with Berino being the latest community affected by the recent rains.
County workers as well as area residents are still working to repair the damage done to various parts of town.
"In some places I think it became more than a rain storm and into a disaster point," said Mesilla resident Rafael Morones who was cleaning his loved ones final resting place at Berino Cemetery.
Street sweepers and tractors continue working to make roads accessible for residents with truck loads of dirt being used to fill holes on roads damaged by flood waters.
The cemetery also saw damage with several graves sinking in and people could be seen throughout the day cleaning up/
"I hope it looks better than how it was or how I came and found it," Morones said.
Dona Ana County officials said it's still too early to come up with a damage assessment especially after Berino added to the damage county-wide.
They said the goal is to make streets accessible and work to restore utilities.
The governor has toured the state and has made funds available with county commissioners declaring the area a disaster.
The county is still accepting donations on non-perishable food items, plywood to make ramps and other cleaning supplies.
Those donations can be made in person at the county government center off of Motel Boulevard.
Dona Ana County Government Center
Address: 845 N Motel Blvd, Las Cruces, NM 88005