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Thursday, September 19, 2013 - 11:53pm
LA UNION, N.M. — Governor Susana Martinez toured the community and met with residents Thursday afternoon in La Union which was one of the areas in Southern New Mexico greatly affected and still needs a lot of work to rebuild.
The governor spent several hours on the ground in La Union getting a first-hand look at the devastation left after last week's storm.
"I can understand their frustration and that is something that they're working on with their township as well as the county," Martinez said.
The governor along with county officials came across a street that was completely washed away in the storm.
That street had a large sinkhole about 20 feet deep that crews have been filling in the hole to make the road accessible for cars.
Before looking at the devastation, Martinez met with residents at a townhall who asked for paved roads to keep water from causing more damage in the future.
With roads in their current conditions utilities cannot be restored in all parts of towns.
"It's very crucial especially for the gas, the sewer and the water," said Evangelina Martinez who is also secretary for La Union Mutual Sewer and Water Association.
The governor has made funds available but La Union must follow the proper channels in having the community request it from the county and then the state.