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Monsoon 2017 ends, prep for next year begins

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From flooding downtown to a microburst on the east side, Monsoon 2017 packed a punch for Tucson drivers.

"It wasn't anything we hadn't seen before and nothing we weren't prepared for,” Michael Graham with Tucson Department of Transportation told us.

Preparation including putting out these barricades.

TDOT tells us some of their big spots for flooding and storm damage this year included: Speedway and Camino Seco; the “A” Mountain area; Midtown - where an underground storm system backed up and created a sinkhole;  near Sixth Street and 4th Avenue by Tucson High; and the Stone Avenue underpass which closed three times.

"So we had some very high intensity, short duration storms that our crews responded to,” Graham said.

TDOT will continue their free sandbag distribution for Monsoon 2018. This was the second year TDOT set up the site.

“In two years we've distributed about 50,000 sandbags to the citizens in the region to help keep their properties safe,” Graham said.

With each coming Monsoon, more construction projects will help alleviate flooding.

"A lot of our residential areas that were developed in 40s and 50s had no underground storm system. All of our projects today require storm drains be put in,” Graham told us.

One of those projects is the Downtown Links. It will add underground storm drains at the Stone Avenue underpass.

There weren’t any deaths from the Monsoon storms this year. One thing that doesn't change year to year - stranded drivers. Tucson Fire received more than 40 calls on that.

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