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Fixing the flood: ADOT working to revamp flood pumps at I-17 and Peoria Avenue next spring

Posted at 6:07 AM, Oct 03, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-03 11:48:11-04

A deluge of water shut down a major artery to Interstate 17 on Tuesday turning drivers around at Peoria Avenue.

It’s a typical problem spot in any major storm but the Arizona Department Of Transportation has a plan in place to bring some relief for drivers.

ADOT says the flood pumps simply got overwhelmed by the sheer volume of water in such a short time. The explanation is that even the largest capacity pumps can still only handle so much water. 

Plans are underway to replace the aging pumps next spring and send the water into the canal system. 
It’s a replacement project that just happened along US-60 at 48th Street and Val Vista.

In 2021, the pumps along Interstate 10 at the Deck Park tunnel will be repaired. 

Though, no plan is foolproof. Even with the new pumps, there is always the possibility of a repeat if enough rain were to fall, but it’s a big if.