Hurricane Dolly remnants flood El Paso

July 27, 2008 7:16:12 AM PDT
The remnants of Hurricane Dolly were moving through El Paso on Saturday, bringing a downpour of rain that has closed streets, flooded homes and caused the death of one person just across the border in New Mexico. Authorities said that a traffic fatality Saturday just six miles north of the Texas state line is being attributed to the rain. New Mexico state police Sgt. Andy Tingwall told the Las Cruces Sun-News for its Saturday online editions that a passenger in a sport utility vehicle was killed when the vehicle hit a large puddle, swerved and then rolled two to three times.

The rain started around midnight Friday began moving to the northeast on Saturday, said John Park, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. But he said that even as the remnants from Dolly move out, moisture brought in by the hurricane was expected to bring showers and thunderstorms over the next two days.

He said some areas of El Paso have gotten as much as 3 inches of rain.

The city of El Paso said in a news release that street crews were pumping water from flooded streets and removing debris that washed onto roads.

The city says it has received 17 reports of flooding in homes. There were 10 reports of street flooding.

A spokeswoman for the Texas Department of Transportation said the Trans Mountain Highway was closed due to rock slides caused by the rain. Spokeswoman Blanca Del Valle said the highway was expected to reopen sometime Saturday night.

In the New Mexico accident, the driver of the SUV and two children who were also in the vehicle were taken to the hospital.

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