City Initiates Operation Splash

Published on June 17, 2024

Transportation worker loading flood area sign onto truck

The City of Tucson's Department of Transportation and Mobility (DTM) initiated its Operation Splash campaign in an effort to protect the traveling public during storms. Crews from the DTM's Streets Maintenance Division are staging barricades to hundreds of dip crossings throughout the city.

During the monsoon, DTM Street Maintenance staff members are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, through mid-September. As washes flood, crews will close roadways at dip crossings and washes using the more than 500 barricades placed on the side of the roadways, near the crossings. For the ninth consecutive year, DTM will assist residents concerned with flooding by offering free sandbags in the east parking lot of Hi Corbett Field, 700 S. Randolph Way, at Reid Park.

The self-serve sandbag site will open ahead of the first predicted storm. Sand and sandbags will be provided by DTM staff, but residents should bring their own shovels. There is a limit of 10 sandbags per vehicle. Remember, a barricade in place on a roadway is a sign that unsafe conditions exist ahead. Follow DTM on social media for up-to-date information on the sandbag station and road closures that occur during the monsoon.