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Scottsdale crews continue storm cleanup at McCormick-Stillman Railroad park

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Posted at 11:08 AM, Jul 23, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-26 15:57:03-04

SCOTTSDALE, AZ — Update (July 26): Holly Walter, the public affairs supervisor with the City of Scottsdale, said maintenance and park recreation crews worked over the weekend to clean up the park. "Progress was made in areas that staff are able to clean, however more is still needed," she said in an email on Monday.

She said the park would remain closed Monday and that its potential opening would be reevaluated every day.

Original story:

Scottsdale's McCormick Stillman Railroad Park and the city's three dog parks will remain closed Friday and throughout the weekend because of downed trees and wet conditions after monsoon storms brought torrential rain, strong winds, and lightning Thursday and Friday.

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Multiple rain gauges in Scottsdale recorded more than an inch of rain -- some reported nearly three inches of rain -- over the last 24 hours, according to the Maricopa County Flood Control District's rainfall data. More rain was forecast for Friday.

In a Facebook post, McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park said it has "extensive storm damage." Photos shared on the page showed several trees had been uprooted or toppled over.

An update on the status of the parks would be given on Monday, a spokesperson for the city said.

The National Weather Service in Phoenix said around 9:17 p.m. there may have been a microburst -- a localized column of sinking air (downdraft) within a thunderstorm -- in the area with wind gusts between 40-60 mph.

Several roads in Scottsdale are also closed due to flooding, primarily along the Indian Bend Wash:

  • Osborn Road
  • Murray Lane at 77th Street
  • Medlock Drive at Hayden Road
  • Starlight Way at Hayden
  • Jackrabbit Road at Hayden
  • Pecos Lane at Hayden
  • Safeway Plaza entrance, at Hayden, north of Chaparral Road
  • Chaparral Park Off Leash Area
  • Chaparral Road Underpass
  • Camelback Park Multiuse Path
  • Horizon Park Dog Retention Area
  • Eldorado Park
  • Roosevelt from Miller to Hayden roads
  • 87th Street, south of Thomas Road
  • 84th Place, north of Roosevelt Street
  • Granite Reef Road, south of Roosevelt
  • Gail Road at 83rd Place
  • Scottsdale Road, north of Loop 101 Freeway
  • Pima Road, north of Pinnacle Peak Road

Residents can pick up and fill sandbags -- there is a max of 10 bags per person -- from these locations:

  • Parking lot of District 1 Police Headquarters, 7601 E. McKellips Road
  • Near the city's north Corporation Yard, 9379 E. San Salvador
  • Solid Waste Transfer Station, 8417 E. Union Hills Drive