Borderland Prepares For Flash Flooding

POSTED: Tuesday, July 12, 2011 - 2:56pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, July 12, 2011 - 5:40pm

EL PASO- With potentially heavy rainfall this week, flash flooding will be a big concern.

Crews from El Paso Water Services were out today cleaning brush and other material that could clog drainage systems around town.Even with no blockages, rain falling at rates of an inch an hour or higher can be too much for the system and flooding can't be avoided.

Despite the flood risk, people we spoke with who work outside are just glad to finally see some rain
Rain heavy enough to lead to street flooding will be possible for the next couple of days.To prepare for flooding, residents of El Paso can pick up sandbags locally.

Sandbags are available to El Paso Water Utilities customers at the following locations:

Northeast – 4801 Fred Wilson - EPWU Stormwater Operations Center
Westside- 120 Kappa - (adjacent to Keystone Heritage Park)
Central - 913 S. Boone - (Haskell R. Street Wastewater Plant)
Eastside- Wedgewood & Lockerbie - (near Album Park)
Mission Valley - 9144 Escobar - (near Blackie Chesher Park)

New this year, all sites will be open 7 days a week starting June 13 through September 16 from 2:00 – 8:00 pm. There is a 25 bag limit per visit.

The Stormwater Operations Center has moved from its Central El Paso location to a new location in Northeast El Paso at 4801 Fred Wilson, the former site of the Furniture Country store. The location is on the corner of Marshall and Fred Wilson, accessible from the following:

• US-54 North or South to Spur 601, exit Chafee Road and u-turn to Marshall
• Railroad drive to Marshall Road
• Airport Road to Fred Wilson and Marshall Road

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