Another day of possible flash floods means Borderland drivers should exercise caution on roads

El Paso News

EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — Monday’s flash floods aftermath in El Paso left debris and mud on the roads, but more rain is expected on Tuesday as we continue to be under a flash flood watch.

The National Weather Service extended the flash flood watch at least until Wednesday morning as more rainfall is expected to hit El Paso throughout Tuesday.

“Right now El Paso has received all the rain it can handle, the ground can’t soak any more rain up,” said Jason Laney, a meteorologist with the NWS. He explained that, at this point, even a small drizzle can cause some flooding.

Laney said even though the area is getting plenty of rainfall, he believes El Paso will not see the same severe flooding that happened back in 2006, with more than 15 inches of rain that fell in two weeks — twice the annual average.

Since then, the city has been investing in the Municipal Drainage Utility System by improving the drainage system with dams, retention ponds, drain conduits and canals.

Martin Noriega, CEO of El Paso Water, said that the system is helping during this flooding event, explaining that it works as a bathtub of sorts, with the water draining from the streets into the basins, which takes some time to get through the drain.

“Water is going where it’s supposed to go, it’s flowing. A lot of these bigger basins are taking a lot of water off the streets, but a lot of these streets are still being used as conveyance,” Noriega said.

He urged El Pasoans to stay off the streets filled with water as it drains into the drainage system and often carries debris with it. This debris often clogs up the drains and prevents a clear water flow, requiring frequent cleaning.

“They just have to be cognizant and careful,” Noriega added.

Texas Department of Transportation warns drivers to avoid driving in wet conditions and to not drive through pools of water as it may cause you to lose control of your vehicle.

For local and breaking news, sports, weather alerts, video and more, download the FREE KTSM 9 News App from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store.

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Media Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

KTSM Video Center

Families of the 23 El Paso Walmart shooting victims have a new place to remember loved ones

First day at new Don Haskins PK-8

Experts urge Congress to focus on domestic terrorism fight

Remembering victims of Walmart mass shooting in El Paso

'It could happen again': Activist talks about Walmart shooting and continuous hate speech

Healing garden unveiled for 2nd anniversary of El Paso Walmart shooting

More El Paso News
Advertise with KTSM 9 Link