People Still Cleaning After Sunday's Flooding
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PALM DESERT -- A thick layer of mud and dirt, the twisted metal of a truck washed off a ravine and crumbling roads are evidence of Sunday's fierce flash flooding.
Bill Infante lives in the Cahuilla Hills above Palm Desert, and hasn't seen it this bad in decades.
"I was looking for every towel in my house to keep the water out, and it was coming down in waves and you were just watching stuff fly by," said Bill.
The fast moving flood had so much power it carried a truck down a hill.
"It's in the wash, darn near bent in half, that's how powerful it was, it came down quick and strong, so it's a mess."
Bill says the owner wasn't in the truck.
Many roads are still covered in mud, crews are working to clear them.
"It hasn't been this bad in a while, but it can get even worse with more rain, because when we don't have a lot of rain, when it rains like it did, it gets really bad," said Eric Wright with Oliver's Grading Concepts.
Over in Palm Springs, Araby Drive shut down for days because of flooding. It's one of only two ways into the Araby Cove neighborhood.
"I was the last car to leave Araby Drive, the workmen were putting up the barricades and so forth when I went through, and it was about up to the wheels of the car at that point," said Jay Ferry of Palm Springs.
Valley residents hope the flooding is over for now.
"Especially with the fires recently, the vegetation can't hold the water, still I think it's a minor inconvenience," said Jay.
A flash flood watch in the Coachella Valley at 10pm on Thursday.