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Monday’s rainfall causes street flooding throughout valley

Monday's wet weather caused some localized street flooding throughout the Coachella Valley making it difficult for drivers.

"It's not easy driving in the rain," said Cathedral City resident, Avr Salcedo. "Especially here in Cathedral City and Palm Springs, they don't know how to drive."

Salcedo says he knows what to expect when it rains on the West end of the valley, "There's always flooding in the same areas, so usually on Ramon."

Flooded areas like the intersection of Landau Boulevard and Vista Chino in Cathedral City led commuters to navigate roads carefully to and from work.

"I mean I leave work, 15 to 20 minutes before, and I know that I'm going to be home later than usual," said Salcedo.

Delivery driver Corey Yarbrough lives outside of Palm Springs, and says Monday’s rain caught him a bit off guard. Nevertheless he got the job done safely. 

"We make sure we keep our three points of contact when getting inside the vehicle outside the vehicle," said Yarbrough. "Safety is our number one concern so we also monitor our speed. We leave enough distance to kind of gauge when we need to slow down and give ourselves enough time to slow down."

Conditions like the ones seen Monday making roads all the more dangerous for drivers in a hurry. 

"It just makes me angry I wish they would slow down and be a little more cautious," said Salcedo.

Yarbrough added, "The place that they're going, it'll be there when they get there. So it shouldn't be any rush. And if you are in a rush then you should have probably left 30 minutes earlier."

Although the flood watch for our area expired Monday night at 9 p.m. driver should still be cautious as flooded roads continue to dry out.

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Bianca Ventura joined KESQ News Channel 3 as a reporter in February 2022.


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