Preparations in place for more rain in El Paso

KTSM/KDBC
Monday, September 16, 2013 - 1:22pm

While many areas are still trying to recovery from last week's storms, more rain is expected this week, although not nearly as intense.

More sandbags are being stocked, and drains are being cleared to make sure parts of the city and county are prepared for more rain.

Sandbags were in high demand last week, depleting the stock at sites across the city. El Paso Water Utilities said their distribution sites have been restocked.

Leaders from some of the towns hit the hardest including Horizon City, Socorro and Clint, are just beginning to assess just how much damage was done. They are working together to make sure all necessary preparations are in place, which also includes more sandbags.

EPWU Spokesperson Christina Montoya said crews have been working throughout the weekend monitoring problem areas, including the Saipan and Durazno dams, and the Gateway pond. Montoya said the water levels have decreased.

More rain means more trash is cared to drains and inlets, causing possible blockage. Crews are continuously working to keep those clear.

The five EPWU distribution sites throughout the city will remain open through Friday, September 20. Beginning Monday, September 23, sandbags will only be available at the Fred Wilson location.

SANDBAG DISTRIBUTION SITES

Northeast Stormwater Operations Center
4801 Fred Wilson Ave.
Mon-Fri 8 am to 8 pm
Sat-Sun 2 pm – 8 pm

West Keystone Heritage Park
120 Kappa Road
Mon-Sun 2 pm – 8 pm

Central Haskell R. Street Wastewater Treatment Plant
913 S. Boone St.
Mon-Sun 2 pm – 8 pm

East Album Park
Corner of Wedgewood Drive and Lockerbie Ave.
Mon-Sun 2 pm – 8 pm

Mission Valley Blackie Chesher Park
9292 Escobar Drive
Mon-Sun 2 pm – 8 pm

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