The raging monsoon season is wreaking havoc on our city, killing one El Pasoan, injuring a child, leaving behind damaged homes, vehicles, roadways, and forcing street closures due to water and debris.

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The skies ripped open yesterday, dumping a deluge of rainfall upon our city. Gushing rain carried trash cans, trees, bushes, lawn furniture, and vehicles down El Paso streets during the severe flash flood late Thursday.

Homes and properties suffered water damage from leaky roofs to rainwater seeping into living and workspaces.

KVIA is also reporting that a 65–year-old El Paso woman drowned, and her 2–year-old granddaughter is in critical condition in the hospital after a living room wall collapsed and trapped the pair inside the flooded home.

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El Pasoans took to social media to post pictures and videos of vehicles stuck on roadways, people trekking in waist-deep water, toppled trees, and rainwater drowning streets, including a portion of I-10 near Central.

Yesterday's flash flood brought up to 4 inches of rain to parts of the city that also caused power outages and forced street closures across El Paso.

TxDOT did end up having to close several roads and intersections across the city until further notice, including Transmountain Road in both directions, I-10 West at Cotton, Paisano at Executive, as well as Doniphan and FM 259.

Turn Around Don't Drown, that's the mantra that El Pasoans should remember because, believe it or not, these flash floods are life-threatening and not to be ignored. Flash floods can quickly overtake a vehicle in seconds which can lead to an accident or even death.

Joe Bocanegra

As El Pasoans deal with the aftermath of yesterday's torrential rain, we are not out of the woods yet because the region is still under a flash flood warning, with more rain expected through Monday. This weekend, please take caution and prepare for more stormy weather, whether at home or on the road.

Where To Find Free Sand Bags:

Central-Northeast

  • Stormwater Operations Center - 4801 Fred Wilson Ave., 79906
  • Mon - Fri: 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Sat - Sun: 2 p.m. - 8 p.m.

West

  • Artcraft Booster Station - 7830 Paseo Del Norte, 79912
  • Mon - Sun: 2 p.m. - 8 p.m.

East/Mission Valley

  • Blackie Chesher Park - 9292 Escobar Drive, 79925
  • Mon - Sun: 2 p.m. - 8 p.m.