Palm Springs City Manager Declares Local Emergency

Palm Springs Leader Declares Local Emergency

Scott C. Stiles

Due to unprecedented rainfall and flooding of local roadways and at least one swift water rescue, Palm Springs City Manager Scott C. Stiles has declared a local emergency due to the critically dangerous impacts of Hurricane Hilary.

The declaration came shortly after 3 p.m. Sunday.

Dinah Shore at the bridge from Palm Springs to Cathedral City, Farrell Drive between Mesquite Drive and Ramon Road, El Cielo at Mesquite Drive, Araby at the Wash, and Golf Club Drive at the wash are now shut down due to major flooding, according to Capt. Nathan Gunkel with the Palm Springs Fire Department.

In addition, North Indian Canyon Drive, Gene Autry Trail and Vista Chino Drive at the wash remain closed.

Palm Springs police and fire continue to urge residents to stay home and avoid driving during these dangerous conditions.

Given current and predicted weather conditions across the Coachella Valley, The LGBTQ Community Center of the Desert, The Center Coachella, and the Scott Hines Behavioral Health Clinic will be closed for in-person programs and services on Monday, August 21st.

Also Sunday, Eisenhower Health closed its three Urgent Care locations early as a precaution for patient care team members to return home safely.

The number of patients seeking care has been lower than average this weekend, according to a media advisory. Patients are advised to seek care at the Emergency Department.

All other services remain available.

Image Sources

  • Scott Stiles: City of Palm Springs
  • flooded streets: PSPD