NEW RIVER – It has been a hot, dry spring season in Arizona but the first signs of relief finally arrived last week when some rain briefly sprinkled down in New River; that is right the Monsoon Season has officially arrived in Arizona.
The Monsoons officially begin on June 15 and last until September 30, and the storms can be torrential and at times seem to appear out of nowhere, which can cause dangerous flash flooding and especially to those living in rural areas.
Officials with Daisy Mountain Fire and Medical (DMFM) are asking local residents to prepare their properties for potential flooding, especially if they have experienced flooding in past Monsoon seasons.
“Monsoon storms vary in intensity, but usually involve wind, blowing dust and rain,” Paul Schickel said, a spokesman for DMFM. “Sometimes the thunderstorms are brutal, delivering damaging wind, reducing visibility to near zero, then torrential rain followed by flash flooding.”
Free sand and sandbags are available at DMFM stations and they are asking that residents visit during normal business hours if possible, and to please be patient if no one is at the station because crews may be out assisting on an emergency call.
“If you are concerned with flooding, prepare your property ahead of time,” Schickel said.
The department is urging locals to prepare as portions of Anthem, Black Canyon City and New River have been severely impacted from heavy storms in past years. The most severe storms typically occur from the middle of July through the middle of August, according to DMFM.
These are the DMFM station offering free sandbags:
- Station 141 located at 43814 N. New River Road, New River
- Station 143 located at 35050 Old Black Canyon Highway, Black Canyon City
- Station 146 located at 3116 W. New River Road, New River
For tips on using sandbags visit http://1.usa.gov/1tXVeCq.