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Hurricane Harvey would have put 12 feet of water on Pima County

Posted at 7:49 PM, Sep 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-02 01:23:48-04

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Hurricane Harvey is a storm for the record books.

The damage from Harvey is so vast, no camera can truly take it in.  

If you combine Harvey's rainfall for Texas and Louisiana it comes to 24.5 trillion gallons. If you spread that much water on Pima County alone it would come to twelve, almost thirteen feet.  If you spread it across the State of Arizona it would still come to a little more than one foot.

That's enough water to fill Lake Silverbell more than 824 thousand times.

There have been more than 13 thousand rescues.  You would still need 342 SunTran buses to carry them all.

Tucson Fire Captain Andy Skaggs knows fire and police vehicles are wrecked and first responders homes are wrecked too.

He says departments like Tucson are prepared to send crews to help but since 9-11 the Federal government co-ordinates outside agencies to be sure they don't arrive before  resources are there to support them.

"Instead of assisting and being that valuable resource for them they now become a weight, if you will for them because now that's additional resources they're not counting on that they have to feed, they have to house, they have to take care of and that becomes taxing on the system."

Just the sheer volume of relief supplies is mind boggling.  So far FEMA has distributed about one million liters of water.

And the numbers will rise as the flood waters fall and the price of recovery adds up.