Rain hits El Paso

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 10:05pm

Rain pounded parts of the borderland overnight -- and some residents saw flooding.

Despite the downpour, El Paso Water Utilities said the run off you see on streets is normal and an improvement from where the city was a few years ago.

This was the scene Tuesday morning in Northeast El Paso.

You can see the large puddles and streams that formed in the middle of city streets that some say looked like flooding.

The water has since dried up, but some businesses say that every time it rains the water piles up and they're worried it will seep into homes and businesses.

"It gets pretty bad in some places, to the point that if you are walking on the side walk, you can probably get swept up. Not taken down the street, but you will fall," said Omar Ikhlail.

But water utilities said the drainage system is working exactly how it should.

"A little bit of streaming water in the streets, really that is not flooding,” said Christina Montoya, spokesperson for El Paso Water Utilities. “That is what the streets were designed to do. That is how the system is designed to work. And eventually that dissipates."

Montoya admits, trash sometimes clogs some drains, which can dam up the water in city streets.

If there is a lot of water, that could threaten property, she said you need to call them so they can send a crew out there. 


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