Friday, November 22, 2013

Rain causes few problems locally - Still more to come

The Maricopa Fire Department and City of Maricopa officials are monitoring local conditions as a wet low pressure system moves through the state.

Despite overnight and early morning rain, local roads are still in good condition. Rancho El Dorado Parkway was closed at the Santa Rosa Wash early this morning, but has since re-opened. SR238 has water in many of the dips between Maricopa and Gila Bend, but remains open and passable. Val Vista Drive is currently closed at the Vekol Wash crossing, west of Warren Road.

MFD offered the following tips for those who may encounter flooded roadways:

Six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars causing loss of control and possible stalling.
A foot of water will float many vehicles
Two feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles including sport utility vehicles (SUV’s) and pick-ups.
Do not attempt to drive through a flooded road. The depth of water is not always obvious. The road bed may be washed out under the water, and you could be stranded or trapped.
Do not drive around a barricade. Barricades are there for your protection. Turn around and go the other way.
Do not try to take short cuts. They may be blocked. Stick to designated evacuation routes.
Be especially cautious driving at night when it is harder to recognize flood dangers.

MFD officials report local water retention features have handled the rainfall well, so far. Sandbags have been prepared to protect residents homes from flood, but they have not been needed so far.

More rain is expected tonight and into the weekend.

(Photo: Sam McCallie/Maricopa Community News)

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