El Paso Weather: How To Prepare For This Week’s Potential Flooding
The borderland got a taste of what this year’s Monsoon will look like. Rain, rain, and more rain with the chance of flooding!
Videos shared across social media this past Sunday showed streets in east El Paso with major flooding due to the storms that only lasted a few minutes, but this just shows how dangerous even quick-moving storms can be especially during Monsoon.
Flood Watch In Place Until Tuesday Night:
The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for El Paso and surrounding areas as we are expecting heavy rainfall Monday afternoon into Tuesday evening.
Chances for scattered showers and thunderstorms are at 70% beginning Monday after 3 p.m.
Strong winds can accompany these strong storms so make sure to tie up any outdoor furniture or bring loose items inside because if the trampoline ends up in your neighbors yard... it’s there property now!
With Heavy rain and the potential for flooding, here are a few flash flood tips to keep you safe:
- Don't drive or walk on flooded streets.
- Use safer, alternate routes.
- Never drive around barricades.
- Avoid streets where curbs are barely visible.
- Don't allow children to play in canals, ditches or ponds — even when dry.
- Use sandbags to protect your home or business if you know it floods.
According to El Paso Water, the seasonal satellite distribution sites are not open until July 5th, but the Stormwater Operations Center which is located at 4801 Fred Wilson Ave., will remain open throughout the year.
Residents are encouraged to grab sandbags to help protect their homes or business from any water and flooding damage.
Customers can get their free sandbags for flood control Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.
And remember: Turn Around Don’t Drown!
All it takes is six inches of water to knock down a person! And if you think you’re safe in your vehicle, think again.
According to El Paso Water, It takes just 12 inches of flowing water to carry away a small car and two feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles, including trucks and SUVs.
So, stay away from driving into puddles that may seem innocent!