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Posted on: March 12, 2020

CVWD urges caution during heavy rains

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The Coachella Valley Water District (CVWD) is reminding everyone of the potential danger related to flash flooding in the channel and washes.

In addition to rain on the valley floor, rain in nearby mountains can result in heavy water flow in a short period of time. Take extra caution near the channel or washes before or during a storm.

A number of roads cross stormwater channels or washes, so it’s important for drivers to understand that as little as one foot 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.

CVWD also reminds residents to turn off irrigation sprinklers for a minimum of 48 hours following the rain to help conserve water.

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.

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