Pantano water woes near close
Pima County Regional Flood District officials say Pantano Wash will be re-graded
Reporter: Cory Marshall
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Pima County Regional Flood District crews have said pooling water is a known problem at specific spots across the county, but not at Pantano Wash.
Recent bank stabilization work created divots within the wash near Speedway, causing ponding.
Judy Wagner lives a short walk from the wash. She first called 9OYS after she was told by flood district officials pumping the water out wasn't possible.
After our story aired Wednesday, flood district leaders dug deeper into the initial bank stabilization plans.
“They did not do exactly what the plans required and the plans required the site to be graded to properly drain,” said Pima County Flood District Deputy Director, Chris Cawein.
Pima County Supervisor Ray Carroll tells 9OYS he wishes the grading at Pantano was properly completed in the first place.
“I think that they were involved in the project and they got rained out. That happens. The ruts were created by their utility equipment,” said Carroll.
Right now, the wash is too muddy. Re-grading will be completed once the area dries out.
“I would like to make sure that they go in and complete the work as soon as they possibly can and I'll monitor that,” said Carroll.
Wagner says the pending leveling is welcome news, “I was worried that this was going to happen next year again. We don't want to get sick. We can't afford to get sick. Now, my grandson can come and go outside again."