/ Modified jun 20, 2024 9:33 a.m.

Tucson braces for potential monsoon storms

City crews are preparing barricades to direct motorists away from flooded roads.

Monsoon Barricades 2 City crews are preparing barricades to direct motorists away from flooded roads.
City of Tucson

Tucson city transportation crews are anticipating sudden rain storms that come with the monsoon.

Motorists will see crews setting up barricades in staging areas next to dip crossings and washes this week. Erica Frazelle with the Department of Transportation says it's important to pay attention to the posted warnings for flash flooding.

"If those barricades are in place they are there for a reason," she said. "Our crews are monitoring those storms, and even if you don't see water, we may know that storm flow is coming."

The city also reminds motorists that if traffic signals are out because of a power outage, drivers must treat that intersection as a four-way stop to make sure traffic flows smoothly and efficiently.

Residents can load their own sandbags to protect their property against flash flooding before the first monsoon storm hits. Free drive-up, self-serve sandbagging will be available in the east parking lot of Hi Corbett Field at Reid Park. Sand and sandbags will be provided by Department of Transportation staff. Residents should bring their own shovels. There is a limit of 10 sandbags per vehicle.

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