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Aug 17, 2012 11:25 PM by John Patrick

Round two of Nogales floods

NOGALES, Ariz. - Another round of strong Monsoon storms lead to more flooding issues in the city of Nogales.

Heavy rainfall in southern Santa Cruz County and northern Sonora Mexico led to flash flooding in the Nogales Wash for the second time in just three days. Early Friday morning the wash crested its banks and flowed out in the city above. Portions of Grand Avenue were closed, schools were released early and businesses saw flood damage.

Alex Moreno, a Nogales resident and local shop owner, was preparing for the next round of Monsoon storms by barricading his shop with sandbags. His business got hit hard with flooding rains but luckily escaped any major damage.

Moreno explains, "It's imperative to have it ready we get a lot of damage you know the wash comes out of Mexico and we're in a flood zone. We got to be prepared as good as we can to protect the business."

The city of Nogales has made sandbags available to the public to protect their property from flood waters. City workers were busy filling bags all day and handing them out to the residents in need. David Oropeza with the city says, "If we run out all the sandbags we'll be here to make more. As long as we protect our citizens."

Oropeza estimated that they have handed out hundreds of sandbags at the Safeway along Mariposa Avenue. Protecting residents from flash flooding will likely be a priority as more storms are in the forecast through the weekend.

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