County Urges Residents to Prepare for Heavy Rain, Flash Floods

County Urges Residents to Prepare for Heavy Rain, Flash Floods

Coordinating with Businesses and Cities to Provide Resources and Information

Dear Neighbors,

In anticipation of heavy rainfall due to Hurricane Odile converging with monsoon moisture, the Flood Control District of Maricopa County is urging valley residents to be prepared for another round of storm events and flash floods.

At this time it is unknown if the remnants of Odile will continue its current path towards Phoenix or shift to the east. Either way, the county will likely experience heavy rain so residents should be ready.

Information is one of the most powerful tools at our disposal as we prepare for these upcoming storms, said Denny Barney, Chairman of the Flood Control District and District 1 Supervisor. We are working with cities, towns and agencies countywide to make sure that information about storm preparation and recovery is available and easily accessible.

Clint Hickman, who represents District 4 on the Districts Board of Directors, agrees. Everyone should be aware of what to do and where storm assistance is available, if needed and stay equipped for what rainfall may come. If you have elderly neighbors please check to make sure they are prepared.

Similar to the storm that occurred on Monday, September 8, the abundance of tropical moisture combined with monsoon thunderstorms could mean widespread flash floods and a large amount of rain in a short period of time.

Staff at the District says that there are things that you can do today. These items include:

  • Cleaning out drainage ditches and drainage pipes
  • Securing or removing personal property that is in an area where storm water flows
  • Raising property on blocks in and around your home
  • Getting sand and preparing sand bags
  • Contact your insurance agent to check your flood insurance coverage

We are preparing for similar weather to what was experienced last week, said Bill Wiley, Chief Engineer and General Manager of the Flood Control District. We urge county residents to be proactive in preparation for this storm. Although we cant predict what areas will be impacted, everyone should have a flood readiness action plan and be ready to put it into action if needed.

The following members of the Arizona Rock Products Association have generously donated sand to local fire departments: M.R. Tanner Mining, Hanson Aggregates, CEMEX, Vulcan, Arizona Materials, Drake, and SRMG.

Residents who need to bag sand should contact their city to coordinate their bagging efforts: Avondale, Buckeye, El Mirage, Glendale, Goodyear, Litchfield Park, Peoria, Sun City, Sun City West, Surprise, Wickenburg, and Youngtown.

In your service,

Clint Hickman, District 4
Maricopa County Board of Supervisors

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