PALM DESERT, Calif. -

Keeping the Whitewater River storm channel free of debris to limit flooding is a never-ending battle.

The majority of the channel that runs through the Coachella Valley is maintained by the Coachella Valley Water District (CVWD).

The agency is responsible for a 50-mile stretch of the storm channel, east of Cathedral City to the Salton Sea.

Water district officials said they know the important role the channel plays in protecting property and lives.

"We're always in there with equipment and machinery at different parts of the channel and any given time, cleaning out weeds, making sure that there's no large obstructions, so when the water does come, and it does come, it will be properly channeled," said Robert Keeran, a spokesman for the CVWD.

The water district has to deal with some red tape before clearing the flood channel.
All work has to be approved by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.