YOU ASK. WE INVESTIGATE: Sandstorm Car Damage
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CREATED Jun. 17, 2013
DESERT HOT SPRINGS - The howling wind and blowing sand in the Valley comes at a high price for some residents- car damage.
"I need to replace the windshields on my car," said Jay D'Angelo from Desert Hot Springs, "And the paint is worn off the grill."
D'Angelo said these damages came from driving on Gene Autry Trial and Indian Canyon Road in Palm Springs when the the winds were high.
"You don't know that the wind is blowing until you're in it, and then it's too late. You have to either back up and stop traffic and make a u-turn or you have to drive through it," described D'Angelo.
An inspector estimated his car damages at more than $5,000. Even though his car insurance will pay for the repairs, he wants something to be done about the sand blowing to avoid this in the future.
"Why can't they put some kind of barrier? They have snow fences to prevent snow from coming across the highway. How about a sound wall? At least on that stretch where the wind is prevalent," said D'Angelo.
A traffic engineer in the City of Palm Springs said the City is working on a soluation to minimize sand damage. So far, they put a temporary screen wall along the railroad tracks south of Interstate 10. It's about 40 feet long, and they hope to continue to add to it once it's less windy. D'Angelo wants to see more done to fix this ongoing problem.
"Something needs to be done especially in this day in age with the economy to help people get through.