Residents Worry More Flooding, Road Closures to Come
PALM SPRINGS - The sun burns the caked-on mud to the road making Araby Drive impossible to pass. The aftermath of these weeks storms caused three roads to shut down due to flooding. Also, closed are Golf Club Drive in Palm Springs and Cathedral Canyon in Cathedral City, though Cathedral Canyon re-opened Sunday afternoon.
Residents say the rain is welcome but the flooding-- not so much. "I wish we would get more rain but not with this disaster but this has happened because of the fires up above,” says Palm Springs Bob Poulsen.
He's right. The usually white or beige color of the mud is charcoal black. Fire officials say part of the reason is because of the recent fires in the San Jacinto Mountains. "Obviously the color and the width and the amount of debris that's come down from the burned area,” says Poulsen.
Flooding or not, some folks say the more rain, the better. "We need the rain. It's greener this time of year than I’ve ever seen it up in the mountains,” says Palm Springs resident Ronda Macneil.
Others say the rain is needed but the headache of a flood and road closures certainly isn't. "We have sunshine all the time so it's nice when it's cloudy and overcast and the weather changes for us and some rain is great but not when it floods,” says Palm Springs resident Sandra Worswick.
It's not just flooding residents of the desert have to worry about, but also the heavy humidity. "This humidity sucks. We're not used to it here in the desert. We're used to dry,” says Poulsen.
Well, used to it or not, this humidity doesn’t appear to be going away anytime soon.