City Of El Paso Closes 5 Streets Due To Recent Storm Flooding
Heads up, the City of El Paso has closed several streets due to the recent flooding caused by the ongoing monsoon season.
Over the last few weeks, El Paso has been inundated by torrential storms wreaking havoc on roadways, homes, businesses and severely flooding our streets. This year's monsoon season, which generally runs from around mid-June to the end of September, is reminiscent of the 100-year storm that occurred in the 2006 flood.
To clear the accumulation of water, crews have been working to pump water from flooded roadways removing debris that washed up onto streets and making them impassable.
As the City of El Paso Streets and Maintenance Department continues to assess the damage from the recent floods in East El Paso, they have closed five streets and intersections until further notice.
Motorists are advised to avoid these streets, if possible. Appropriate signage and detours are in place to direct the traveling public.
- Lockerbie Avenue at Orkney Road
- Wedgewood Drive at Album Avenue
- Sims Drive at McRae
- Tony Lama Street at Merchant Avenue
- Orkney Road at Bayo Avenue
Turn Around Don’t Drown
According to the CDC, over half of all flood-related drownings occur when a vehicle is driven into hazardous flood water. People underestimate the force and power of water, and it takes just 12 inches of rushing water to carry away most cars, and just 2 feet of rushing water can carry away SUVs and trucks.
Another area of concern is ponding areas. The public is advised to avoid the temptation to have children play around the ponds and take caution when walking through trails and fields as the stormwater that collects at parks can carry many pollutants and diseases, including feces.
For more information, contact the City of El Paso Streets and Maintenance Department.