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Tucson Department of Transportation crews work to prepare for monsoon

Posted at 4:29 AM, May 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-24 11:23:51-04

TUCSON, Ariz. - Crews with the Tucson Department of Transportation have been hard at work for weeks preparing for summer thunderstorms.

Crews have been going through different washes throughout town getting rid of overgrown brush, and debris.

Tires, mattresses, shopping carts, and sleeping bags are all among the items crews have found inside of washes.

"The goal is to get as much debris out of the flow line of these washes. We want to trim the trees, we want to trim the grass, we want to make sure that the storm water can flow freely through these washes," said Mike Graham with the Tucson Department of Transportation.

Norma Coffman, the president for the Palo Verde Park Neighborhood told KGUN9 she was concerned about trash in the Alamo Wash, which runs through her neighborhood.

She said she drove up and down the wash only to see debris scattered throughout so she decided to call for cleanup.

She said while she wanted the wash to be cleaned for aesthetic purposes, she was mainly concerned for the homes neighboring the wash and the damage they could get if the wash were to overflow.

"After a while the wash will back up and a lot of these folks have to pay flood insurance and id really like to not have them have to use the flood insurance," said Coffman.

If you notice the wash in your neighborhood needs cleaning and would like for that to happen, you can reach out to the Tucson Department of Transportation at (520) 791-3154.

You can also email TDOT at