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Monsoon 2014: Rain returns to rivers

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  • Union Pacific working to get train cars back on track near Picacho Peak

    Union Pacific working to get train cars back on track near Picacho Peak

    Union Pacific working to get train cars back on track near Picacho Peak

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 11:22 AM EDT2014-09-16 15:22:35 GMT
    Crews are still working to clear the tracks after an overnight derailment in Pinal County. There were no injuries reported and nothing hazardous was on the train cars. Authorities say the track could be cleared up of cars by noon.
    Crews are still working to clear the tracks after an overnight derailment in Pinal County. There were no injuries reported and nothing hazardous was on the train cars. Authorities say the track could be cleared up of cars by noon.
  • Flash Flood Watch through Thursday; get a breakdown of the threat

    Flash Flood Watch through Thursday; get a breakdown of the threat

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 4:46 PM EDT2014-09-16 20:46:09 GMT
    Source: Jack SumanSource: Jack Suman
    There are some things that are certain with the coming rain. You WILL get rain at some point over the next three days. There WILL be flooding in some areas of Southeast Arizona. There WILL be rain records broken. 
    There are some things that are certain with the coming rain. You WILL get rain at some point over the next three days. There WILL be flooding in some areas of Southeast Arizona. There WILL be rain records broken. 
  • Marana, Oro Valley, Golder Ranch Fire offering sandbags to residents

    Marana, Oro Valley, Golder Ranch Fire offering sandbags to residents

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 2:23 PM EDT2014-09-16 18:23:31 GMT
    The Towns of Oro Valley and Marana, as well as Golder Ranch Fire District are offering free sandbags to residents who need to protect their homes. According Oro Valley and Marana officials, a limited number of sandbags are available to residents of both towns; residents within the Golder Ranch Fire District service area are also eligible. 
    The Towns of Oro Valley and Marana, as well as Golder Ranch Fire District are offering free sandbags to residents who need to protect their homes. According Oro Valley and Marana officials, a limited number of sandbags are available to residents of both towns; residents within the Golder Ranch Fire District service area are also eligible. 
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - It takes a good rain to get the Santa Cruz river flowing the way it was on Tuesday.

It brings out folks who like to just sit and watch it flow, like us.

However, it's also a good time to remember rain in the desert can lead to flash flooding and other dangers.

Usually dry washes and rivers became muddy torrents. It might not last long, but it can be dangerous while it does.

The National Weather Service tells us six inches of water can reach the bottom of most passenger cars. A driver can lose control. The car can stall. About a foot of water can float a car.

"Turn around. Don't drown."

Words to live by.

We saw people refusing to take the chance at some of the low points on Silverbell Road on the west side.

During the storm Tuesday, emergency crews were out, getting ready for a swift water rescue.

There had been a report of someone on a raft in the Santa Cruz River.

Very bad idea.

The river runs fast can be deep in some areas.

The dirty water is full of trash and debris.

Northwest Fire crews told us it turned out to be a false alarm.

Something else to remember.

Many of us are accustomed to watching out for flooded roads around the rivers and washes on the edges of town, but flooded city streets can be dangerous as well.

It's good to have a little common sense during our summer monsoon storms so we all stay safe.

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  • Flash Flood Watch through Thursday; get a breakdown of the threat

    Flash Flood Watch through Thursday; get a breakdown of the threat

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 4:46 PM EDT2014-09-16 20:46:09 GMT
    Source: Jack SumanSource: Jack Suman
    There are some things that are certain with the coming rain. You WILL get rain at some point over the next three days. There WILL be flooding in some areas of Southeast Arizona. There WILL be rain records broken. 
    There are some things that are certain with the coming rain. You WILL get rain at some point over the next three days. There WILL be flooding in some areas of Southeast Arizona. There WILL be rain records broken. 
  • Marana, Oro Valley, Golder Ranch Fire offering sandbags to residents

    Marana, Oro Valley, Golder Ranch Fire offering sandbags to residents

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 2:23 PM EDT2014-09-16 18:23:31 GMT
    The Towns of Oro Valley and Marana, as well as Golder Ranch Fire District are offering free sandbags to residents who need to protect their homes. According Oro Valley and Marana officials, a limited number of sandbags are available to residents of both towns; residents within the Golder Ranch Fire District service area are also eligible. 
    The Towns of Oro Valley and Marana, as well as Golder Ranch Fire District are offering free sandbags to residents who need to protect their homes. According Oro Valley and Marana officials, a limited number of sandbags are available to residents of both towns; residents within the Golder Ranch Fire District service area are also eligible. 
  • Rural/Metro offers its tips for storm safety

    Rural/Metro offers its tips for storm safety

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 12:58 PM EDT2014-09-16 16:58:25 GMT
    With Tucson expecting to be hit with heavy rains over the next few days, thanks to now tropical storm Odile, Rural/Metro is offering a few tips to help the public stay safe during this possible flooding. 
    With Tucson expecting to be hit with heavy rains over the next few days, thanks to now tropical storm Odile, Rural/Metro is offering a few tips to help the public stay safe during this possible flooding. 
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