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TxDot reminds El Paso drivers to use caution in rainy conditions

EL PASO, Texas (KVIA) -- The Borderland saw rainy weather conditions Tuesday evening, causing partial flooding in some parts of town. TxDot reminds the community to drive with patience during weather events like these.

ABC-7 spoke with Jennifer Wright, TxDot spokesperson, about some tips drivers should keep in mind.

Wright said the most dangerous time to drive in the desert is when it first starts to rain.

"Over these dry weeks that we've seen there's been a lot of oils and fluids that accumulate on the roadways. And when the rain hits them, they become much more slippery," she said.

She said the community should avoid driving in these conditions but said if you do plan to head out, make sure your wiper blades work, turn your lights on, and allow extra following distance so that you have plenty of time to break.

She also tells drivers if they see a puddle, turn around, don't drown.

"Standing water can hide dangers such as debris, potholes, sinkholes," Wright said. "Avoid driving in fast moving water because even six inches of fast moving water can sweep away a truck or an SUV."

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