EL PASO, Texas — Thunderstorms with torrential rains moved through El Paso Sunday afternoon, triggering flash flooding on city streets that overwhelmed cars and required water rescue efforts in some cases.
Several vehicles became submerged by raging floodwaters near the intersection of McRae and Gateway West near Interstate 10 on the city’s east side. The flooding was so intense, authorities indicated, that a woman who became trapped had to rescued at that intersection.
The Texas Department of Transportation said Gateway West was closed at the both McCrae and at Lee Trevino due to flooding. In addition, TxDOT said other impacted flood areas to be avoided included Piedras at both Interstate 10 wets and at Gateway West.
The reports of flooding in numerous locations across El Paso came as the National Weather Service estimated that more than two inches of rain had fallen in some places. A Flash Flood Warning issued by the weather service was in effect until 5:45 p.m. for El Paso County, and an ABC-7 First Alert warned of the potential for more powerful storms with heavy rain.
UPDATE: Flash Flood Warnings continue for El Paso, Dona Ana and Otero counties. ABC-7 viewer Ibeth Perez shared this flooding video on Vista Del Sol in El Paso.
EP details: https://t.co/Tkdn62ZnhM
Dona Ana, Otero details : https://t.co/z6sh0R8bVu
RADAR: https://t.co/usm2tAtHcw pic.twitter.com/0QaCKhQqEC
— KVIA ABC-7 News (@abc7breaking) July 18, 2021
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