We all know that El Paso is a desert, but it has its own monsoon season and even though we don't get a lot of rain, when we do get rain, it can quickly lead to flooding. Because the ground is baked by the sun, runoff creates flash-flooding over ground that can absorb rainwater quickly enough.

If you want to protect your home from rising water, you can use sandbags. They are offered free to El Paso Water. Sandbags are distributed from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday at the Stormwater Operations Center in Northeast El Paso at 4801 Fred Wilson. Seasonal sandbag sites in the west, central, east and Mission Valley areas of the city will reopen July 6.

Only residential customers can get sandbags. You are limited to 10 sandbags per visit. If you have problems lifting heavy things, and sandbags are heavy, you'll need to bring someone with you to help load and unload the bags. There is no one at the sandbag distribution sites that can help you.