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Tucson flooding ongoing issue during monsoon

Tucson flooding ongoing issue during monsoon

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

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    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.More >
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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. More >
    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. More >
  • 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. More >
    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. More >
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.

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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. More >
    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. More >
  • 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. More >
    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. More >
  • 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. More >
    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. More >
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