Odessa Flooding

Odessa Flooding

Heavy rains caused flooding in parts of the Permian Basin, with rescue crews needing to assist some residents. Some streets in Odessa were covered with standing water, and one mother we spoke with couldn't even drive her kids to school.

Heavy rains caused flooding in parts of the Permian Basin, with rescue crews needing to assist some residents. Some streets in Odessa were covered with standing water, and one mother we spoke with couldn't even drive her kids to school.

“Well no my kids aren't going to be able to go to school in this kind of weather, if I can’t get out they are going to have to stay home,” said Odessa Resident Rosemary Venegas.

Some kids were happy they didn't have to go to school today, and enjoyed their time in the rain, but some adults were upset, because when it rains, they have to miss a day of work.

“I didn't go out today because of the weather, not just me but other people cause they work with electricity and water don't mix, and oil-field the mud and stuff,” said one Odessa Resident.

When in rains this much in Odessa streets can get flooded.  Some people try to make their way through the water-covered streets and end up getting their cars flooded in busy intersections. 

 “Well if you have a small vehicle it's pretty hard to get out of here,” said Rosemary Venegas.  “My car died in the middle of the street just because of all this water that comes in.”

“There are always cars flooding out when it rains, out in the middle of the street,” said Odessa Resident Beverly Helton.

“I think they should reevaluate the sewer systems,” said Rosemary Venegas.

“I think the city ought to put in more drainage,” said Beverly Helton.

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