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Intersections vulnerable to flooding identified

Posted at 5:23 AM, Jun 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-13 08:23:37-04

City officials have identified some of the intersections that are most vulnerable to flooding during storms.

It takes just minutes for the roads to flood when monsoon hits, and every year people get trapped in their cars trying to drive through flooded streets. The Tucson Department of Transportation will be placing barricades around town in every storm. No matter how shallow you think the water may be, if you can't see through it, TDOT is asking you to change your route or wait it out.

An inch or so of rain over the mountains can bring one to two feet of heavy runoff onto our roads. All low lying areas are possible flood spots, but these are the top places you'll want to avoid:

  •      24th Street and Sarnoff Road
  •      Stone Ave. and Navajo Road
  •      Mabel Street and Main Avenue
  •      1st Street and Main Avenue
  •      The Arcadia Wash
  •      The Naylor Wash
 
You're also taking a legal risk if you drive around the barricades. By state law, if you drive into rising waters, you can be charged with reckless driving, which is a misdemeanor. You can also get a $2,000  fine to pay for your rescue, so just play it safe. Check out this link for more on Operation Splash.