Monsoon storms cause flooding, close Tanque Verde Loop Rd

Published: Sep. 22, 2015 at 1:59 AM MST|Updated: Feb. 28, 2018 at 5:17 PM MST
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The Tanque Verde Creek was still flowing late on Monday night after rainfall on Mt. Lemmon all day.

County officials said the water came down from Redington Pass area, and was traveling at about 10 miles an hour.

The flooding from the creek has shut down Tanque Verde Loop Road, which will be closed for the next couple of days. Many people have been driving up to the barricade and turning around, not wanting to risk driving through the fast moving water.

There were a couple of people, however, that got out of their car and played in it.

County officials had to tell people earlier in the evening to get away because it is dangerous.

Tucson News Now spoke to a few people who live in the area who said it is always a cool sight to see when the water is moving.

"It's probably been about four times this summer that its flowed for at least a couple of days. My little boy loves to come down, when it calms down and it flows like a nice gentle river, we come play in it, but definitely days like today, you gotta be careful," said Corey Polivchek who lives near the creek.

"There's people here who haven't seen each other in months, so when something like this does happen, they come out here and meet and greet each other. It is like a social event," said Charles Chavez, who works with Pima County Department of Transportation.

"It's totally cool, everybody loves to come down and play by the water. Especially after the storms have passed through, you see family and kids, it's a picnic scene," said Peter Reinthal, who lives in the neighborhood.

After the water stops flowing, the county officials said it will be another day before they reopen because they will have to do clean up.

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