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The city of Apache Junction and the Superstition Fire and
Medical District want to remind area residents of the threats to our community
which often come with the monsoon season.
Monsoon season officially started on June 15, but powerful
and dangerous storms can develop at any time. Some areas within the city and
surrounding areas are prone to flooding, including washes, streets and
neighborhoods that are located in low lying areas.
“Our city’s close proximity to the mountains make the area
especially dangerous for flash floods,” said Shane Kiesow, public works manager
for the city of Apache Junction. “It is important for every property owner to
reflect on possible impacts of flooding by making sure all drainage areas
through their properties stay clear of debris. Drivers also must be aware that
many of the streets within and around the city our very rural with very little
or no street lighting making it very difficult to see street flooding in the
Rick Ochs, public information officer of the Superstition
Fire and Medical District, added, “Driving through flooded washes not only
places our citizens at risk, but also the first responders who may be called to
perform a water rescue. These types of rescues are very dangerous to everyone
involved due to the fast moving water and unknown hazards which lay beneath. Our
crews are highly trained and very capable to perform water rescues, but avoiding
the dangers of swift moving water and not becoming a victim is the best way for
citizens to assure their own safety.”
More deaths occur
each year due to flooding than from any other storm-related hazard because
people simply underestimate the power of water. It is also important to know
that washes can continue to run heavily for extended periods of time after rain
has subsided due to run-off from the mountains. The city of Apache Junction will
alert the community of road closures during the monsoon season. Some tips to
all water crossings
floods start and end very quickly.
drive through flooded roadways.
not drive around barricades, which is illegal and dangerous.
inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars causing loss of
control and stalling.
water one to two feet deep will carry away most vehicles.
· Be especially cautious at night when road flooding and water crossings are
especially difficult to see.
In the event of heavy
rains and potential flooding, the city of Apache Junction and the SFMD continue
to provide free sandbags to our area residents. Citizens need to bring
necessary tools to fill their own bags and arrange pickup and delivery. The
sand bins and bags would be available around the clock at the locations listed
· Fire Station 261, 1135 W. Superstition Blvd., Apache Junction
· Fire Station 262, 3955 W. Superstition Blvd., Apache Junction
· Fire Station 264, 7557 E. U.S. Highway 60, Gold Canyon
monsoon season also brings with it the chance for microbursts, strong winds,
lightning and risk of power outages. You can better prepare for these types of
objects ahead of time to prevent them from blowing away.
potentially damaging trees or tree limbs.
that no place outside is safe from lightning during a thunderstorm.
· Preparing a 72-hour emergency supply kit with plenty of water and
non-perishable food to last three days without electrical power, which may
affect running water.
reach the city of Apache Junction Public Works Department, please call (480)
Superstition Fire and Medical District can be reached at (480) 982-4440 or
visit their website at www.sfmd.az.gov.
information on monsoon safety please visit http://monsoonsafety.org. Visit the Arizona Emergency Information Network at EIN.az.gov for official emergency updates, preparedness and hazard information and multimedia resources.