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Maricopa Flood Control District busy with storms, flooding

Posted at 7:08 PM, Nov 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-21 21:08:17-05

PHOENIX — The Flood Control District of Maricopa County keeps an eye on radar, rain totals, and water gauge levels to let other agencies in the county, including the Department of Transportation, know of flooding risks and what roads to close.

Stephen Waters, the Flood Control Director of FCDMC, says that this time of year is when they especially keep an on things due to the public’s misconceptions of wintertime storms.

"Summer storms come and go very quickly and as do the floods, but in the wintertime, it can last for longer periods,” Waters said.

No matter what time of year, the staff is ready when storms strike and floodwaters roll in.

"The nice thing about having done this for 60 years as a Flood Control district is that we have everything in place, and it's ready to go anytime a flood might happen by," Water stated.

The message is simple: be on guard, don’t cross flooded washes, and “Turn Around, Don’t Drown.”