Monsoon Causes Tucson Power Outages

July 08, 2014

A monsoon storm dropped nearly two inches of rain on parts of Tucson on Monday, causing scattered power outages and flooding some city streets.

Electricity was restored to more than 1,600 customers near the University of Arizona area after storm-damaged equipment was repaired.

Flash flooding was reported in some streets in southeast Tucson and in Nogales on the Arizona-Mexico border. The Santa Cruz River reportedly was running high and the Nogales wash overflowing into many streets, authorities said.

There were no reported injuries, however.

Scattered thunderstorms were expected to hit parts of the Phoenix metropolitan area Monday night as part of the monsoon season, which begins in Arizona every year in mid-June and runs through the end of September.

In northern Arizona, a portion of the highway through Oak Creek Canyon was open again Monday after being closed because of flooding.

The Arizona Department of Transportation said the section of State Route 89A near the switchbacks north of Sedona reopened Sunday after crews removed debris from the roadway.

Oak Creek is near the burn scar left from the Slide Fire, a human-caused blaze that charred more than 33 square miles before being contained last month.

Campgrounds and recreation sites in the canyon were already closed due to flood danger.

ADOT officials urge travelers to use State Route 179 or Interstate 17 as alternatives during the closure.