Apache Junction residents can better pepare themselves for the monsoon season with the following from the City of Apache Junction & Superstition Fire and Medical District (SFMD):
“The city of Apache Junction will alert the community of road closures during the monsoon season. Some tips to remember are:
Avoid all water crossings
Flash floods can begin and end very quickly.
Never drive through flooded roadways.
Do not drive around barricades, which is illegal and dangerous.
Six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars, causing loss of control and stalling.
Moving water one to two feet deep will carry away most vehicles.
Be especially cautious at night when road ponding and water crossings are difficult to see.
In the event of heavy rains and potential flooding, the city of Apache Junction and the SFMD continue to provide free sandbags to our area residents. Citizens need to bring the necessary tools to fill their own bags and arrange pickup and delivery. The sand bins and bags would be available around the clock at the locations listed below:
Fire Station 261, 1135 W. Superstition Blvd., Apache Junction
Fire Station 262, 3995 E. Superstition Blvd., Apache Junction
Fire Station 264, 7557 E. U.S. Highway 60, Gold Canyon
Additionally, the monsoon season also brings the chance of microbursts, strong winds, lightning, and the risk of power outages. You can better prepare for these types of incidents by:
Securing objects ahead of time to prevent them from blowing away.
Trimming potentially damaging trees or tree limbs.
Remember that no place outside is safe from lightning during a thunderstorm.
Preparing a 72-hour emergency supply kit with plenty of water and non-perishable food to last three days without electrical power, which may affect running water.
To reach the city of Apache Junction Public Works Department, please call (480) 982-1055.
The Superstition Fire and Medical District can be reached at (480) 982-4440 or visit their website at www.sfmd.az.gov.
For more information on monsoon safety, please visit http://monsoonsafety.org. Visit the Arizona Emergency Information Network at EIN.az.gov for official emergency updates, preparedness, hazard information, and multimedia resources.”