The State of Arizona and emergency officials work together on Gila Bend's flood recovery effort

Scott Murdoch

MARICOPA COUNTY, AZ - The State of Arizona cooperated with local first responders and emergency officials over the weekend in response to the flash floods in Maricopa County.

Strong monsoon rains blasted over the region during the weekend, bringing catastrophic flooding, power outages and destruction to private property and highway drainage systems.

According to the Maricopa County Flood Control District's website, Gila Bend received almost 1.5 inches of rain in 24 hours, while a neighboring location along a state highway that was closed due to flooding received 3.9 inches in the same time period.

At least two deaths were found. However, the exact number of people in Gila Bend that were affected by the flood remained unknown.

To activate the State Emergency Operations Center in support of field operations, Governor Doug Ducey issued an order to the Department of Emergency and Military Affairs on Saturday.

Teams were placed on the ground, monitoring rainfall and aiding with further recovery efforts.

"Heavy rainfall, monsoons and flooding put our communities in serious danger, and we are working to make sure first responders and local leaders have the resources they need to protect Arizonans," said Governor Ducey.

According to the governor, they have anticipated that the monsoon season will cause problems. Therefore, they are prepared to meet them. He adds that it's critical for them to deal with the aftermath of this flooding as soon as possible before it causes further damage to the neighborhoods. Protecting the people, pets, and property in Arizona is their top responsibility.

In addition, the state also declared an emergency, with up to $200,000 available for response and recovery operations.

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