A tropical storm came to the desert, and migrant farmers faced a new danger

21 August 2023

THERMAL, Calif. — As the rain began to pour down Sunday afternoon, Rafael Nuñez got the uneasy feeling he was unprepared. He stepped outside to see rivers running down both sides of his rural road in Thermal, a farming community in the Coachella Valley. He pulled a piece of sheet metal from his storage shed to divert the water way from his mobile home, and propped it up with bags of …

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