Summer in El Paso can be very interesting. You'll have to deal with wild stretches of triple digit temperatures that bake the ground so hard it's like concrete and the next thing you know, we'll have crazy monsoonal rains that will cause flash flooding and flooding around your house that requires sandbags. Usually around this time of the year, El Paso Water announces its sandbag program. Last year thanks COVID-19 there was a significant pause in the sandbag distribution program. For a while there were not going to be any sandbags distributed because El Paso Water was trying to keep their employees as safe as they could from infection.

Now we're a year a half from the beginning of the pandemic but there are still a lot of things that haven't returned to normal. There will be a sandbag distribution program this year but because El Paso Water wants to continue keeping their employees as safe as they can there will not be satellite sandbag distribution locations again this year.

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If you want to get sandbags, El Paso Water has set up the Stormwater Operations Center at 4801 Fred Wilson Ave. in the northeast part of town. The Stormwater Operations Center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. There is a limit of 10 sandbags per visit and you will need to show a Texas ID or an El Paso Water bill to get your sandbags. If you can't lift the sandbags, and they are very heavy, you will need to bring someone with you to help you load and unload your sandbags.

I did a Google search and there are a lot of products out there for places that experience serious flooding due to hurricanes or very heavy, sustained rains. Those products are expensive or for commercial application and not for the couple of inches of rain we tend to get during our monsoon season. The only idea I found that could be easily done for the kind of flooding we see in El Paso is going to a home improvement store, getting bags of playground sand and making your own sandbags by putting the sand in trash bags and sealing them with duct tape. It's not the best alternative but sometimes you need to do what you have to do.

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