Rescue workers in Piedras Negras have recovered the body of a 1-year-old LDS girl who lost her life when flash floods inundated the Villa de Fuente neighborhood April 5. The search for the child's parents and older sister continued, as of April 20, said Piedras Negras Mexico Stake President Salvador Escobedo.
Meanwhile, some 20 LDS families are still waiting to return to their homes. Most Church members displaced by the floods are staying with relatives.
Flood waters from the swollen Escondido River reached the members' homes following heavy rains that dropped five inches of water in one evening. "Some homes were completely filled with water," President Escobedo said. Furniture was destroyed, along with computers, television, clothing — anything that was in the house.
Most members whose homes were damaged have been able to clean out the mounds of mud and trash that settled inside. But concerns about the structural soundness and security of the houses have left many unable to return.
LDS youth groups and other members were enlisted to help clean up the homes of members and their neighbors. Missionaries from the Mexico Monterrey South Mission have also helped wherever needed, President Escobedo said.
In the immediate aftermath of the flooding, relief supplies were purchased with area fast offerings, along with assistance from the Mexico North Area presidency, LDS Humanitarian Services and other assistance organizations.
The Piedras Negras members also discovered new friends north of the Mexican border. When Houston Texas (Spanish) Stake President Freddy Munoz learned of the situation in Piedras Negras, he contacted President Escobedo and asked how his stake could help.
Long before flood waters devastated Piedras Negras, members from President Munoz's stake had organized a relief supply to be shipped whenever or wherever it was needed. When President Escobedo learned the provisions were ready and waiting at the Houston Texas (Spanish) Stake Center, he dispatched a large truck to pick them up.
"Our members were happy to help," President Munoz said.
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