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Last night's rainstorm on the westside of El Paso, paled in comparison to what we had last year, or the storms that used to pound Northeast El Paso.As a kid growing up in Northeast, the rains taht would hit would invariably washout Sunrise St., which ran next to our hous. I think my dad said that at one time, Sunrise St. was an arroyo. Which made sense once you saw how fast and deep the waters ran after a serious rainstorm. Good thing is, we lived on the high grounds making it all the easier for the water to rush down Sunrise street and down to the Dyer Street areas and below, flooding the homeowners terribly.Then the ponding area would teem with tadpoles and then frogs all over the place. At night, you could hear them croaking loudly. The rains would come down so hard, that huge boulders would tumble down sunrise and then build up at the intersection of Sunrise and Gateway South, (or Jupiter as it used to be called). Sometimes, people would try to cross it but since there were boulders and dirt that had been washed down the streets, their cars would get stuck in the rushing water, dirt and boulders.The next day, the city would send out crews and equiment to pull all the dirt and boulders and fill up the huge holes that the raging waters had gouged out of Sunrise Street, At times, heavy rain would hit and the street department would refill the street, only to have to come back the next day to do the same thing again...and sometimes for 3 or 4 days in a row. It was fun watching the heavy equipment rebuild the street again, and again and again!This year, we have not had much rain to speak of. and last night's 15 minute downpour fell into that category. Still, it was better knowing we had a nice little downpour and that is what turns your lawn in a nice thick and rich carpet of green instead of brown, and dry and in some places...dead.It was all over in about 15 minutes though the streets had trash all over since the garbage cans were all tipped over due to the intrense windstorms that accompanied the raians. Thirty minutes later, and streets littered with garbage, you couldn't tell that a wind and rainstorm had mashed on through.But, as my dad used to say, if you don't like weather here in El Paso, wait about 5 minutes! Ha! Said and done!

Carlos Prado

Carlos Prado

Posted on July 26, 2022
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July 25, 2022
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