Access to Thousand Palms Businesses, Animal Shelter Restored
THOUSAND PALMS – Major thoroughfares in heavily-flooded Thousand Palms were open again Friday, allowing businesses to function and customers to return.
Ramon Road and Rio del Sol were reopened after Riverside County Transportation Department crews hauled away mud to make the roads safe again for driving.
The Coachella Valley Animal Campus reopened to the public Friday. The shelter’s hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday for people to pick up their pets or make adoptions.
“The progress made this week in restoring access to these vital roads is very commendable,” said Supervisor John J. Benoit. “The transportation department is committed to sending its crews and sweepers to clear mud off the remaining roads, sweep the streets and sidewalks, and finish the work.”
Transportation crews have worked around the clock since Monday’s storm left the estimated equivalent of a football field covered in mud eight-feet deep onto Thousand Palms roads.
Varner Road, from Rio del Sol to the Cathedral City limits, is closed and covered in five feet of mud. County and city crews will work on a daily basis to clear off the debris. It is estimated to take 4 to 5 weeks to finish. Residents can use Interstate 10 to bypass the approximate 2-mile segment.