Tucson flooding ongoing issue during monsoon - Tucson News Now

Tucson flooding ongoing issue during monsoon

Tucson flooding ongoing issue during monsoon

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Within Tucson city limits there are about 150 dip crossings on roadways where washes meet streets and flooding can create a big problem for drivers.

The City of Tucson Transportation Department has a 15 person crew that goes out to put up around 500 road closure signs and barriers when storms roll into town because of possible flooding like weather forecasters are predicting could happen again this week.

City officials said big washes in Tucson, like the Rillito and Pantano washes, have storm water gauges. The gauges give workers a good indication on when and where water is rising, allowing them to know when to close down the road in those areas. However, smaller washes can be just as dangerous too but more difficult to predict flooding.

Currently, the city of Tucson does not have a program or even funding to build infrastructure like box coverts that could allow drivers to pass over smaller washes if built under a bridge, according to city transportation leaders.

Since July 1, Tucson firefighters have responded to 8 swift water rescues at washes. Transportation officials urge drivers to wait it out or find a safer route because it only takes a few feet of rushing water to overtake a vehicle.

Copyright 2014 Tucson News Now. All rights reserved.

  • Local newsMore>>

  • Ashes stolen from front porch of midtown home

    Ashes stolen from front porch of midtown home

    Saturday, December 16 2017 12:27 AM EST2017-12-16 05:27:39 GMT
    (Source: Tucson News Now)(Source: Tucson News Now)

    The postal inspection service is offering up a pretty hefty reward after a package was stolen from a Tucson woman's doorstep. This wasn't a Christmas present, it was something much more precious, a father's ashes. 

    The postal inspection service is offering up a pretty hefty reward after a package was stolen from a Tucson woman's doorstep. This wasn't a Christmas present, it was something much more precious, a father's ashes. 

  • BREAKING

    TIME TO GO? What to do, not do when snow falls on Mount Lemmon

    TIME TO GO? What to do, not do when snow falls on Mount Lemmon

    Friday, December 15 2017 11:59 PM EST2017-12-16 04:59:58 GMT
    (Source: Tucson News Now)(Source: Tucson News Now)

    While most of the Tucson area is getting wet, Mount Lemmon may see some snow this weekend.

    While most of the Tucson area is getting wet, Mount Lemmon may see some snow this weekend.

  • BREAKING

    ACTION DAY: Rain, mountain snow coming to southern Arizona

    ACTION DAY: Rain, mountain snow coming to southern Arizona

    Friday, December 15 2017 11:30 PM EST2017-12-16 04:30:49 GMT

    The KOLD News 13 weather team has called a First Alert Action Day as rain and mountain snow are expected to hit southern Arizona Sunday.

    The KOLD News 13 weather team has called a First Alert Action Day as rain and mountain snow are expected to hit southern Arizona Sunday.

Powered by Frankly