Hurricane Odile

Gov. Jan Brewer yesterday declared a State of Emergency in response to record flooding caused by Hurricane Odile in Cochise County.

Between Sept. 17 and 19, 2014, powerful rains combined with the remnants of Hurricane Odile to cause record precipitation (up to 6 inches of rain) and flooding in Cochise County. The storm damaged public infrastructure, impacted residences, and necessitated the rescue of stranded citizens.

The City of Maricopa Fire Department is monitoring hurricane Odile and its potential impacts on the City of Maricopa.

It is critical that residents and members of the community sign up to receive free emergency notifications. These alerts will notify the public of imminent threats the severe weather can product such as evacuations, flash flooding, road closures and detours. These messages could be life saving.

Following last week’s record rainfall in the Phoenix metropolitan area, the Arizona Department of Transportation is preparing for another tropical storm this week that is expected to bring more heavy rain and possible localized flooding to several regions of the state.
The National Weather Service is forecasting significant moisture in the state this week as a result of Hurricane Odile, which is making its way north into the Baja California, Mexico region.

In anticipation of heavy rainfall due to Hurricane Odile converging with monsoon moisture, the Flood Control District (FCD) of Maricopa County is urging valley residents to be prepared for another round of storm events and flash floods.

At this time it is unknown if the remnants of Odile will continue its current path towards Phoenix or shift to the east. Either way, the county will likely experience heavy rain so residents should be ready.

The American Red Cross in Arizona is prepared to respond to potential flooding in the state due to weather associated with the Hurricane Odile system. The Red Cross is urging residents to make individual preparations.

Do not walk through flowing water. Drowning is the number one cause of flood deaths. Most of these drownings occur during flash floods. Six inches of moving water can knock you off your feet. Use a pole of stick to make sure that the ground is still there before you go through an area where the water is not flowing.

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