With rain likely this week in the Coachella Valley, the Coachella Valley Water District (CVWD) reminds residents to be aware of the potential danger related to stormwater flow in the Whitewater River/Coachella Valley Stormwater Channel and other regional stormwater channels and washes.
On Monday, the National Weather Service projected a 60% chance of rain on Tuesday and a 20% chance of rain on Wednesday for Palm Desert and area. In addition to showers, thunderstorms are possible.
A number of roads cross the stormwater channels or washes, so it’s important for drivers to understand that as little as 2 feet of water can cause a car or truck to lose traction and float downstream. Driving can be especially treacherous at night when it's difficult to determine the depth of water. Drivers should always obey law enforcement-imposed road closures and detours.
Also, take extra caution when crossing, walking or playing in the channel or washes prior to an impending storm. Even when it is not raining on the valley floor, rain in nearby mountains can result in heavy water flow in a short period of time.
CVWD water use restrictions also require customers to turn off their irrigation during rain and for 48 hours afterward. Additional information about water use restrictions is available at www.cvwd.org
The Coachella Valley Water District is a public agency governed by a five-member board of directors. The district provides domestic and irrigation water, agricultural drainage, wastewater treatment and reclamation services, regional storm water protection, groundwater management and water conservation. It serves approximately 108,000 residential and business customers across 1,000 square miles, located primarily in Riverside County, but also in portions of Imperial and San Diego counties.