Flooding in far west El Paso County shuts down access road near North Desert Blvd

Flooding in far west El Paso County shuts down access road near North Desert Blvd
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Wednesday, July 31, 2013 - 7:45am

More than 2 inches of rain fell in far west El Paso County in one hour Tuesday, causing emergency crews to redirect traffic on the gateway near North Desert, because of flooding in the area.

Drivers could be seen moving in the wrong way to avoid the high reaching waters in Westway.

A sport utility vehicle was also seen stuck in an arroyo in the town. It took more than a handful of men to push the SUV out.

The rains fell so quickly, sheriff's deputies had to close off parts of De Alva Rd., a main thoroughfare in the town.

That did not stop some driver from trying to maneuver the soggy roads.

Some residents worry, though, the constant flooding is a safety hazard.

"There's only one entrance and one exit," said Rick, a resident in Westway unwilling to share his last name. "This is one of the exits and the entrance is over on I-10. So you're stuck, if you can't get out," he said.

Residents like Rick feel frustrated that they do not receive any help until the rains have already settled.

In Central El Paso, NewsChannel 9 photographers spotted heavy rainfall in the early evening hours.

Meteorologist Chuck DeBroder expects heat, humidity, and heavy rains to return Wednesday.

Tune in to NewsChannel 9 Today for your latest forecast, or click here.

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