Flooding shuts down highways in Arizona
July 26, 2022
Flooding has continued to present a problem on the U.S. 60, where it saw two floods in a week span, which has become a hassle for drivers. Not only has U.S. 60 experienced flooding but I-17 has also had it’s fair share of flooding problems along Greenway Road. Just last weekend, Arizona experienced 1 1/2 inches of rain, which has been a problem with the Valley having to deal with a lot of rain in a short period of time.
Here’s a few Q/A responses of what was asked during the video:
Q: Give us an update on the U.S. 60
A: The situation recently we had two very significant storms, the first one was about 10 days ago. We had pumps that has just been refurbished on Gilbert Rd. and there was a settings issue on one of those so once that was corrected those pumps started working appropriately. Then at Val Vista, there was another minor equipment issue that was also handled by staff so those were recharged and the pumping resumed. So it’s not a systemic problem, it was just a matter of making sure those pumps were working properly and that’s why we have staff on call to make that happen. Then a few days latter on a Sunday night, there was a tremendous storm out there that just dropped a lot of rain in a very short period of time. That didn’t cause a full closure at Val Vista with some restrictions. The pumps were operating properly in that case, it was just a matter of the good lord just sending a lot of rain in a very short period of time.
Q: Where these mechanical issues in terms of operation or where these supply chain issues issues?
A: There was a supply chain issue in getting some of the refurbishing materials that needed to be done for Gilbert but that had been taken care of. It was just a matter of, in both cases, some mechanical settings didn’t trip the way they should have. We got staff out there, which is what they do 24-7 getting out there to make sure that the problem was corrected and it was. So, it’s not a systemic issue there.