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Website, app helps you track storms in Pima County

Website, app helps you track storms in Pima County
Posted at 9:52 PM, Jul 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-30 00:53:07-04

After major flooding on July 1, Pima County leaders have developed an upgraded website and mobile application that helps you track storms in real time.

About 50 homes in the Palo Verde Neighborhood were impacted from the July 1 monsoonal storms. About two inches of rain fell in that area of town within 30 minutes. Some people in the neighborhood reached out to city leaders, including Tucson councilor Steve Kozachik.

Kozachik says the Automated Local Evaluation in Real Time (ALERT) program is different than other weather monitoring sites because it tracks the storms in real time.

"You could be sitting at your computer or on your smartphone saying, 10 minutes ago they had two inches of rain fall at Davis Monthan," Kozachik said. "I better get my act together in midtown."

There are more than 100 monitoring stations throughout the county. According to the ALERT page, "the website's main feature is a map display containing locations of gauging sites along with a real-time display of the data generated at that site."

The ALERT map will tell you how much rain has fallen in the last 10 minutes, and as long as 30 days ago.

The city also gave out sandbags to homeowners on Friday as part of a pilot program. They were available at the Tucson Fire Department Station 7 on Pima Street. There were 10 sandbags available so residents could protect their property.