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