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Aug 16, 2012 10:23 PM by John Patrick

Nogales cleans up after flash flooding

NOGALES, Ariz. - Nogales residents spent the day cleaning up after powerful Monsoon storms.

The city of Nogales has been one of the hardest hit areas this Monsoon, according to Meteorologist John Patrick. Since the rainy season started some localized locations in the city have seen nearly 14 inches of precipitation. Nearly 2 inches of that rain fell last night alone which was enough to cause flash flooding in the Nogales Wash.

Nogales resident Alain Uribe explains, "It was raining harder and harder. It lasted about two hours."

That heavy rain helped the Nogales Wash swell over its banks and flood the roadways above. Uribe said several vehicles were left stranded along Mariposa and Grand Ave. He even helped several of the stranded motorists get to safety. "There were three kids in the car and the water was covering almost the entire car," says Uribe.

Most of the storm damage was road related with several debris flows left behind, some areas of pavement wiped out and there were even reports of a foot of water along portions of I19. However, some of the flooding reached businesses along the Nogales Wash.

Josiah Moreno, a shop owner along the Nogales Wash told us, "It flooded the shop. A lot of electrical damage happened to us." Now he is working hard on some landscaping to make sure he is ready for round two.

With more storms in the forecast and that rain falling on already saturated ground flash flooding is likely to become an ongoing problem. If you do run into flooded roadways make sure to turn around and find another route or wait it out. Less than a foot of water is capable of floating most cars.

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