Businesses Reopen After Weekend of Flooding


POSTED: Monday, July 26, 2010 - 4:41pm

UPDATED: Monday, July 26, 2010 - 9:30pm

One man is back in business after flooding forced him to close up shop all weekend.

Gary Wirz owns GCC Transload near Doniphan and Paisano.

He unloads grain from railcars and delivers them to dairy farms in New Mexico. But he couldn't do much unloading with waist-high water after only an hour of rain Saturday.

"At that point it looked like it was going to shut us down for a week but I have to give the city a lot of credit because they came down here, got the pump going," Wirz said.

El Paso Water Utilities came by earlier today and vacuumed out some of the water so he was able to get back to work.

They're also giving out 25 free sandbags to those who need them. Locations are:

Mission Valley: Blackie Chesher Park, 9144 Escobar
East Side: Album Park, Wedgewood & Lockerbie
Northeast: Nations Tobin Park, 8831 Railroad
West Side: 120 Kappa (near Keystone Heritage Park)
Lower Valley: 9144 Escobar Drive (Blackie Chesher Park)
Hours: M-F, 2pm - 8pm

Central: Stormwater Operations Center, 410 S. Cotton
Hours: M-F, 8am - 4pm

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