San Diegans raising money to help Mexico flood victims
Last Updated: 82 days ago
SAN DIEGO - San Diegans are mobilizing to help family and friends after two powerful storms pummeled Mexico.
One of the biggest blows came to the town of Acapulco after remnants of Tropical Storm Manuel caused major flooding. Photos show flood waters so high, a father struggled to carry his kids to safety and evacuees waded in waist deep water with just the clothes on their backs. Crocodiles have even swum into villages.
"People are going to start dying, and people are dying. I'm sure as we're talking people are dying," said Lemon Grove resident Mark Lane.
Lane is worried about his wife's relatives stranded in a village with no food. They tell him they are not getting the supplies they need, and he is worried as the storm is already being blamed for at least 21 deaths.
"We just talked to one of her aunts in Acapulco right before we came over here and she said there's trucks coming with stuff in Acapulco right now and nobody's getting it," said Lane. "It's getting spread out to other people and not the people that are needing it."
Lane and about 40 other residents with families in the flooded areas gathered Monday night at Mountain View Park near Barrio Logan to figure out how they will get their loved ones the supplies they need.
"They only have enough for one day since it all happened so quick. They didn't plan out good," said Jorge Romero.
They started raising funds by selling food and taking donations, and they say they will eventually find a trusted charity to deliver those items to those in need.
Romero hopes something is done before it is too late.
"My biggest fear, honestly, is losing my grandparents and all my friends I have over there," he said.
Lane told 10News late Monday the dam above the village where his wife's family lives burst, adding to the nightmare for the residents there.
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