Monsoonal Rain Brings Flooding to the Southwest
Ample moisture has returned to the southwest, which has provided for multiple days of showers and thunderstorms. Most of these showers and thunderstorms have developed in the same areas the past few days, which has created flooding concerns. The National Weather Service has issued flash flood watches for portions of New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada and Utah.
Today, students at two local schools in Tuscon, Arizona were evacuated due to the flooding. According to a statement posted on the district’s website: “there is a sinkhole south of Andrada on Houghton Road, and there is flooding north of Pantano. There are additional storms expected. We do not want students to get stuck at school, so we are evacuating students to Cienega High School while the roads are still passable.”
The heavy rain and flooding has closed several roads and has stranded motorists in Tuscon, Arizona. WeatherNation field correspondent Ben McMillan is on scene in Tuscon, and witnessed this driver ignore barricades, driving straight into a flooded roadway.
Driver went past barricade to drive in flood. Not good! Turn around, don’t drown. Houghton,Pantano Wash@ NWSTucson pic.twitter.com/rdr4JnaPHB
— Ben McMillan (@WeatherLiveTV) August 3, 2016
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