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Tanque Verde Loop closure causing headache for residents, nearby school

Posted at 6:03 PM, Aug 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-04 21:18:15-04

Road closure signs have been placed in the Tanque Verde Creek area. 

The Pima County Department of Transportation says the water from monsoon storms rushing down from the Rincon Mountains has caused a mess for residents. 

"It's kind of inconvenient," says neighbor Reed Reinthal. "During Monsoon, once the wash is running. you can't go through it." 

Residents aren't the only people affected.

Students at Emily Gray Junior High School are feeling the effects as well. 

Claire Place with the Tanque Verde Unified School District says they do prepare for periodic road closures during monsoon and rain winters. 

In those cases, they have alternate routes. 

"The detouring of buses can cause approximately 5 to 15 minutes of delays due to rerouting flight and the accompanying traffic congestion," says Place.

KGUN9 reached out to the Pima County Department of Transportation. 

They say both Tanque Verde loop and Wentworth Road at Tanque Verde Creek are flood prone roads. 

"The road will remain closed until water stops flowing and that's when crews can safely clear out the sediment and open up the road," says the PCDOT. 

No word on when the road will reopen, but the department says they will monitor rainfall and water flow in the coming days.