New Round of Monsoon Storm Brings More Flood to the Valley

Domagoj Vidovic

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Heavy wind, lightning, and flooding is causing issues in the Valley, again. Challenging weather started making problems late in the night of July 22.

Some Valley roadways were also flooded as a result of the storm.

SRP reported a number of power outages around the Phoenix area. Most of them are centered in Mesa, Scottsdale, and Tempe.

APS officials are also reporting power outages at multiple sites in the Phoenix area.

Flash Flood Watch issued

A Flash Flood Watch was issued for 12 Arizona counties earlier in the day, and they will last throughout the weekend, as an incoming weather system is expected to bring heavy rain and thunderstorms across large swaths of central and southern Arizona.

The following counties are affected:

  • Cochise, Graham, Greenlee, Pima, Santa Cruz from July 22 at 6 p.m. until July 24 at 11 p.m.
  • Maricopa, Pinal from July 22 at 5 p.m. until July 24 at 11 p.m.
  • Gila, Yavapai from July 22 at 11 a.m. until July 24 at 11 p.m.
  • Apache, Coconino, Navajo from July 22 at 12 p.m. until July 25 at 12 a.m.

The expected rainfall could cause flash flooding in washes and areas with poor drainage systems. This is particularly an issue in areas with past burn scars from wildfires.

Red Cross' Tips For Safety

Be sure to follow the American Red Cross' tips if you're in an affected area.

Flood

Follow these instructions:

  • Turn off the power and water mains if instructed to do so by local authorities.
  • Boil tap water until water sources have been declared safe.
  • Avoid contact with floodwater. It may be contaminated with sewage or contain dangerous insects or animals.
  • Continue listening to local area radio, NOAA radio, or TV stations for the latest information and updates.
  • Don’t use gas or electrical appliances that have been flooded.
  • Dispose of any food that comes into contact with floodwater.
  • Don't walk, swim or drive through floodwater. Just six inches of fast-flowing water can knock you over and two feet will float a car.
  • If caught on a flooded road with rapidly rising waters, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground.
  • Don't walk on beaches or riverbanks.
  • Don’t allow children to play in or near floodwater.
  • Avoid contact with floodwater. It may be contaminated with sewage or contain dangerous insects or animals.
  • Stay out of areas subject to flooding. Underpasses, dips, low spots, canyons, washes, etc. can become filled with water.

Hurricane

Make sure to read and follow these:

  • Determine your best protection for high winds and flooding.
  • Take shelter in a designated storm shelter or an interior room for high winds.
  • Stay away from glass windows and doors.
  • Move to higher ground before flooding begins.
  • Wait for officials to say it is safe before going back home.
  • Avoid damaged or fallen power lines, poles, and downed wires. They can electrocute you.
  • Do not touch floodwaters because they may contain sewage, bacteria, and chemicals that can make you ill.
  • Prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. Gasoline, propane, natural gas, or charcoal-burning devices should never be used inside a home, basement, garage, tent, or camper – or even outside near an open window. Carbon monoxide can't be seen or smelled, but it can kill you fast. If you start to feel sick, dizzy, or weak, get to fresh air right away – do not delay.

Stay Safe

Don't panic and follow the rules. I hope that this will pass soon and that you won't be affected at all. Stay safe!

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