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LIVE STORM BLOG: Several rescued from flooded washes; Tucson church struck by lightning

As of 10:30 a.m., several hikers were stranded at Sabino Canyon
Published: Jun. 9, 2021 at 12:24 PM MST|Updated: Aug. 10, 2021 at 7:32 PM MST
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TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - A powerful Monsoon storm passed through southern Arizona early Tuesday. Aug. 10.

Most of the action was in the Marana, Oro Valley and Summerhaven areas, where at least an inch of rain fell.

The storms led to several rescues (drivers and hikers), road closures and delays for parents and students. A church in Tucson was even struck by lightning, but there was no fire threat.

Swift-Water Rescues

The Tucson Fire Department, Northwest Fire District and Golder Ranch Fire District rescued two people from the Flowing Wells Wash near Prince and Romero.

TFD said the couple, who was unharmed, floated from Evergreen Cemetery to about half a mile down the wash.

The Tucson Fire Department, Northwest Fire District and Golder Ranch Fire District rescued two...
The Tucson Fire Department, Northwest Fire District and Golder Ranch Fire District rescued two people from the Flowing Wells Wash near Prince and Romero.(Tucson Fire Department)

Crews from Northwest Fire and Golder Ranch also responded to two swift-water rescue calls at the Canyon del Oro Wash near La Chollas and Overton.

According to Golder Ranch, two trucks got stuck. One of the vehicles had three people, including a mother, grandmother and child, and they needed help getting out.

“As a parent myself, you always worry about your children first. We were able to get to the vehicle and assess them, talk to them. They had no medical problems. We were able to get the 14-year-old out first,” said Capt. Shane Melden with Northwest Fire.

He said said the other truck had one person in it and they were able to get out on their own.

“If they look at the water level and it’s low enough and they think they can get themselves out, that’s appropriate,” he said. “Anytime they feel they’re at risk then stay in their vehicles, call 9-1-1.”

Stranded Hikers At Sabino Canyon

According to the Pima County Sheriff’s Department Search & Rescue, several hikers were stranded at Sabino Canyon early Tuesday.

The PCSD Search & Rescue said it could take several hours to get the hikers out.

Weather Warnings

The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the Lewis Springs area until 1:45 p.m.

When the National Weather Service issues weather alerts in our region, they will be listed HERE.

You can check on current weather alerts at https://www.kold.com/weather/alerts/ or by downloading our weather app for Android and Apple devices.

Road Closures

As of 12:30 p.m., several roads were closed in Pima County due to the weather. Those roads are:

  • Overton Road from La Cholla Boulevard to Verch Way
  • Camino de la Tierra from Valencia Road to Bilby Road
  • Snyder Road east of Scenic Mountain Drive at Ventana Wash
  • Mission Road north of Duval Mine Road
  • Mission Road north and south of milepost 1
  • Wentworth Rd north of Speedway Boulevard
  • Wentworth Rd south of Cape Horn Drive

Tucson Church Struck By Lightning

The Tucson Fire Department said crews responded to University City Church on Sixth Avenue after it was struck by lightning before 10 a.m. Tuesday.

TFD, which blocked off Sixth Avenue northbound so crews could check on the building, said there was no fire danger.

Marana Buses Delayed

Students in the Marana USD were advised that district schools and buses are delayed by two hours because of storm-related floods affecting routes.

First Alert Forecast

  • TUESDAY: 40% rain/storm chance. Partly cloudy with highs in the mid-90s.
  • WEDNESDAY: 20% rain/storm chance. Partly cloudy with highs in the mid-90s.
  • THURSDAY: 30% rain/storm chance. Mostly sunny with highs in the mid-90s.
  • FRIDAY: 50% rain/storm chance. Partly cloudy with highs in the mid-90s.
  • SATURDAY: 50% rain/storm chance. Partly cloudy with highs in the mid-90s.
  • SUNDAY: 50% rain/storm chance. Partly cloudy with highs in the low 90s.
  • MONDAY: 30% rain/storm chance. Partly cloudy with highs in the low 90s.

To see more on the forecast, visit the KOLD weather page.

Monsoon 2021

Monsoon 2021 has been one for the record books with both plenty of rain and damage.

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