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Rains lead to evacuations in Patagonia

Eight homes cleared near Sonoita Creek
Posted at 7:43 PM, Aug 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-09 22:43:49-04
PATAGONIA, Ariz (KGUN9-TV9) - Strong storms came early and hit hard in the small town of Patagonia.
A lot of rain in a little time made Sonoita Creek run higher than many people had ever seen it.
High water led to evacuations.
Sandbags were ready to go at Patagonia's Volunteer Fire Department, to help homeowners defend against another day when Sonoita Creek could run like this:
Sonoita Creek was still high by mid afternoon but earlier in the day it was well out of its banks.
That was high enough for Mayor Ike Isakson, who is also the fire chief, to evacuate eight of the homes in this neighborhood along the banks of the creek.
"We evacuated a trailer park at the end of Third Avenue.  Water was up a foot, eighteen inches in there. Luckily the trailers were off the ground and nothing got into the trailers."
Chief Isakson says this was the worst rain the town's had in more than thirty years.  Now the town is waiting to see the weather that rolls in next.