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Midlanders Brave the Rain

Anum Valliani

MIDLAND - Flooded lawns, floating vehicles, and the occasional dancer in the rain: these are just some of the pictures we've received after the downpour in and around Midland on Sunday. 

We talked to a few that braved the rain, like Alex Ramirez who works in oil who said that because of his regularity in traveling for business, he's unfazed by driving in poor weather. But he warns others to take precaution.

"If you don't need to get out, don't get out," he said.

Twenty-two year-old Sergio Hernandez is two weeks fresh to Midland and although he's used to weather issues in Salt Lake City, flooding is a new one for him. He said that although he doesn't know how common the torrential rain is, he is glad to be driving a big car after noticing how deep the water was for the smaller cars around him that could seemingly easily get stranded in it. Hernandez also confessed that he is scared of the (surplus of) new drivers like himself.

"Someone who doesn't know how to handle that situation, that's what I'm afraid of.  Not  people from Midland, but people who are unfamiliar with Midland," he said.

Gisel Ramirez has lived in the city her whole life, so she knows, "If you don't have a truck out here, then you're not gonna make it," she said.  She's seen cars stranded in ditches and alongside roads. Once she even helped rescue a mother and her son who were trapped, and she doesn't ever want to be in that position.

"What am I going to do, just wait on the side of the road until someone helps me. And then who's gonna help me? I'd just have to wait for the flooding to go down," she said.

According to Ramirez, the worst flooding problem is on the main roads, and in times when it rains like it had been, she said she even had to break some laws to travel safely, as do many drivers.

"You have to either go through the turning lane in the middle to try and get out of the water or go too far in the lane to where you won't hit the water in the middle," she said.

"I'm guessing there might need to be some infrastructure changes that might need to take place because the fact that this is commonplace is not right," Hernandez said.

The residents agree that although the water is much needed, the flooding is causing many issues. Still, Ramirez was out doing her grocery shopping that day.

"You're life can't stop because it's raining," she said.


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