Araby Drive Brings Onlookers to See Big Rush of Flood Water
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PALM SPRINGS - Araby drive in Palm Springs is still shut down due to flooding. This time residents gathered at the wash to see if that pummeling rain would produce rushing water they could look at and maybe take pictures of. Though, Thursday afternoon, they had no such luck. "We came out here to try and catch the water coming down. We’ve been out here about ten times a day the last three days in a row and every time we come there's no water so we go home, but then come back and then there’s the water so we're trying to hang out with everybody and stay and wait for the water,” says Palm Springs resident Jessica Ipina
"We've lived here over 35 years so every time there's a flood we always get there after it runs through, so this time we were hoping to get there in the beginning,” says another PS resident Sandra Worswick.
Some even say the flooding brings some pleasant smells. “The first thing I noticed is I can smell creosol. So that's what was the first notion I felt of the rain was that fabulous smell of the plants,” says PS resident Vicki Lucia.
Residents say there can be beauty to mother natures torrent, but also remember how unwavering she can be. Lucia remembers a storm a few years back that could have been deadly. "There was a flash flood coming down that mountain and if I hadn't seen it, I wouldn't have believed it. It was like a roaring river coming down that mountain heading right towards us so we pulled over and got to high ground,” says Lucia.
When flooding hits, these residents air on the side of caution. "We definitely make sure all our furniture is good. We bring in all of our furniture because it does blow all over the place. One time all of our outside furniture landed in the pool!” says Ipina. And Worswick adds never, under any circumstances cross a flooded area. "Never cross when there's a flood. Just wait for an alternate route to go. Don't think you can just drive right through it. That's a mistake."
Cathedral Canyon is now back open to drivers as well as Golf Club Drive. Araby Drive will remain closed indefinitely.