Get Prepared for Rainy Days in El Paso!

Are you ready for the upcoming rainy season in El Paso? It's always a good idea to be prepared, especially if you live in areas prone to flooding. El Paso Water has your back with their sandbag distribution program. Here's everything you need to know.

Sandbags for Flood Control

Sandbags are a valuable tool to protect your home and property from potential flooding. And the best part? They're absolutely free for residential customers, but there are a few things to keep in mind:

– Limit: You can grab up to 10 sandbags per visit.
– Identification: You'll need to show a Texas ID or an El Paso Water bill to get your sandbags.
– Assistance: If lifting heavy items isn't your thing, bring a friend or family member to help with loading and unloading.

Summer Sandbag Distribution Sites

These sites are open from July 5 to Sept. 29, 2023. Here's where you can pick up your sandbags:

– Location: Stormwater Operations Center, 4801 Fred Wilson Ave., El Paso, TX 79904
– Hours:
– Mon – Fri: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
– Sat – Sun: 2 p.m. – 8 p.m.

– Location: Artcraft Booster Station, 7830 Paseo Del Norte, El Paso, TX 79912
– Hours: Daily from 2 p.m. – 8 p.m.

East/Mission Valley
– Location: Blackie Chesher Park, 9292 Escobar Drive, El Paso, TX 79907
– Hours: Daily from 2 p.m. – 8 p.m.

County Sandbag Facilities

But that's not all! El Paso County Public Works is also offering sandbags to the public 24/7 at the following locations:

Fabens Warehouse: 1331 N. Fabens St., Fabens, TX 79838
Canutillo Warehouse: 191 Canutillo Avenue, Canutillo, TX 79835
Montana Warehouse: 14698 Van Lane, El Paso, TX 79938

So, whether you're in the city or the county, there are plenty of options to get your sandbags and be ready for the rainy season.

Remember, being prepared is key to protecting your home and loved ones from flooding. Stay safe, El Paso!

Note: While discussing flood preparedness, we'd also like to address a topic that's been on the minds of many El Paso homeowners – flood insurance.

Flood Insurance Updates in El Paso

If you're a homeowner in El Paso, especially in areas like the Upper Valley and Socorro, you might have questions about new flood zones and insurance changes. Here's what you need to know:

FEMA has implemented new guidelines called “Risk Rating 2.0,” aiming for more equitable flood insurance pricing across the country. Premiums are now determined based on factors like home value and unique flood risk, spreading costs more evenly.

You can check the preliminary flood insurance rate maps for El Paso using this handy TOOL

For detailed information on FEMA's flood insurance pricing approach, visit HERE

If you're concerned about the cost of flood insurance for your home, you can get a personalized quote by filling out this FORM

Feel free to reach out with any questions or if you need assistance. Stay safe and protected, El Paso homeowners!

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