Main South Mountain Park entrance closed for landslide cleanup after Tuesday's rains

PHOENIX - Crews are working to clean up a mess at South Mountain after heavy rains fell Tuesday.

Entrance to the park in south Phoenix is closed to vehicle access at the Central Avenue entrance indefinitely, according to Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department spokesman David Urbinato.

Authorities say in some areas there are landslides up to 6 feet deep.

There are cars stuck in an area of the park. Firefighters were able to get people out of the area on Tuesday and no one was injured.

By 10 a.m. crews had cleared a lane to allow those vehicles to be driven down.

Urbinato said crews still have to remove debris from the roads and inspect them to make sure the underlying roadbeds were not undermined by the storm runoff.

He said park rangers have seen a wash adjacent to the main ranger station fill in the past, but the impact from this storm was greater than long-time rangers had ever seen.

 

 

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