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FLOOD SAFTEY

El Paso Water has reduced flooding and improved public safety by making major improvements to our drains, channels, dams and ponds. However, sudden, localized and intense rains can overwhelm the stormwater system, leading to dangerous situations.

Many El Paso streets are designed to carry stormwater, but even a few inches of moving water can be dangerous. Be aware of changing weather conditions and share water safety information with others to help them stay safe during flash flood situations.

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FLASH FLOOD FACTS

Just 6 inches of water can knock over an adult.

Just 6 inches of water of water can knock over an adult.

2 feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles, including trucks and SUVs.

2 feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles, including trucks and SUVs.

It takes just 12 inches of flowing water to carry away a small car.

It takes just 12 inches of flowing water to carry away a small car.

Rising water can reach above a vehicle door in less than a minute.

less than a minute. Rising water can reach above a vehicle door in

Each year, more than half of the deaths from flooding occur in vehicles.

Each year, more than half of the deaths from flooding occur in vehicles.

IN THE TIME IT TOOK YOU TO READ THIS, RISING WATER WOULD HAVE ALREADY REACHED THE TOP OF YOUR VEHICLE DOOR.

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FLASH FLOOD TIPS

Don’t drive or walk through flooded streets.

Choose a safer, alternative route.

Never drive around barricades.

Avoid streets where the curb is 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. More Info

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TEST YOUR WATER SAFETY KNOWLEDGE!

Take our five-question quiz to see what you know about water safety in a flash flood situation.

What’s an easy way to remember water safety in a flash flood situation?

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RESOURCES

El Paso Fire Department
El Paso Water
National Weather Service
Drowning Prevention Coalition of El Paso