Remember that over the next few days, our area is expecting severe storms. Most flash flood deaths happen in vehicles. Moving water as little as one or two feet deep will carry away most vehicles and can knock a person off their feet. Keep children away from creeks and washes when heavy rain is in the area. Be especially careful at night when water depth and road conditions are harder to see.
The advice from our Fire Department is: WHEN IN DOUBT, WAIT IT OUT!!
This is today's notice from the National Weather Service:
Event: Flash Flood Watch
...PERIODS OF HEAVY RAIN WITH POSSIBLE FLOODING THROUGH
...FLASH FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM WEDNESDAY MORNING
THROUGH THURSDAY AFTERNOON...
THE FLASH FLOOD WATCH CONTINUES FOR
* A PORTION OF SOUTHEAST ARIZONA...INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING
AREAS...SOUTH CENTRAL PINAL COUNTY...SOUTHEAST PINAL COUNTY...
UPPER GILA RIVER VALLEY...WESTERN PIMA COUNTY AND WHITE
MOUNTAINS OF GRAHAM AND GREENLEE COUNTIES.
* FROM WEDNESDAY MORNING THROUGH THURSDAY AFTERNOON
* OCCASIONAL SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS WILL CONTINUE TO MOVE
ACROSS THE AREA THROUGH TONIGHT WITH LOCALLY HEAVY RAIN
POSSIBLE. THE HEAVIEST AND MOST WIDESPREAD RAINS ARE EXPECTED AS
THE REMNANTS OF ODILE MOVE ACROSS THE REGION LATE WEDNESDAY INTO
THURSDAY...INCLUDING THE OVERNIGHT HOURS WEDNESDAY NIGHT. AS
NORMALLY HAPPENS AND IS EXPECTED THIS TIME...RAINFALL AMOUNTS
WILL VARY WIDELY ACROSS THE AREA...BUT THE HEAVIEST RAINFALL
AMOUNTS WILL LIKELY TOTAL 2 TO 4 INCHES BY LATE THURSDAY ACROSS
FAR WESTERN AREAS AND 3 TO 6 INCHES ELSEWHERE.
Instructions: A FLASH FLOOD WATCH MEANS THAT CONDITIONS ARE BECOMING FAVORABLE FOR WIDESPREAD FLASH FLOODING TO DEVELOP. MONITOR FORECASTS CLOSELY AND BE READY TO TAKE QUICK ACTION IF FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS ARE ISSUED. BE ESPECIALLY CAUTIOUS AT NIGHT WHEN IT IS HARDER TO RECOGNIZE THE DANGERS OF FLASH FLOODS. IF FLASH FLOODING IS OBSERVED...ACT QUICKLY. TURN AROUND AND TAKE ANOTHER ROUTE. STAY TUNED TO NOAA WEATHER RADIO...COMMERCIAL RADIO OR TELEVISION STATIONS...OR YOUR CABLE TELEVISION PROVIDER FOR UPDATES ON THIS FLASH FLOOD THREAT.
South Central Pinal County including Eloy, Picacho Peak State Park
Southeast Pinal County including Kearny, Mammoth, Oracle
Upper Gila River and Aravaipa Valleys including Clifton, Safford
Western Pima County Including Ajo, Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument
White Mountains of Graham and Greenlee Counties including Hannagan Meadow