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Rain causes running washes and minor flooding in low lying areas

Posted at 3:28 PM, Mar 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-13 08:18:13-04

TUCSON, Ariz. — People driving into flood water cause over half of flood-related drownings. Driving through the closures can cause you lots of problems including fines.

One driver we saw turning around before the washed out Tanque Verde Loop Road obviously knows better than that.

“I know not to go through,” said Driver Terry Harris. He said he’d be worried about ruining his car and getting stuck. “My brakes, getting stuck, and getting the fire department to get me out.”

It would not be the first time a car got stuck trying to cross over the Tanque Verde Creek on Wentworth road or Tanque Verde Loop Road.

“Last week a car got stuck in the middle of the wash and she had a child in the car,” said Tom Gormally who lives nearby.

Gormally says these roads flood every year in winter. They've been closed for weeks now, but the rain can make it worse.

“We've had a few rains where the wash was already running,” said Gormally. “But then a warm storm came and melted all the snow all at once and that's when it gets dangerous”

Pima County Department of Transportation says they'll open the roads when the water stops running and they can remove the sediment. People we talked to say they don't mind working around the weather.

“It’s a change of pace, we have a lot of sunshine. A little rain won't hurt,” said Harris.