Weather Service Could Extend Flash Flood Watch For Phoenix

Published: Monday, July 17, 2017 - 12:23pm

The National Weather Service says lingering moisture from Sunday's monsoon storms could lead to an extension of the flash flood watch in effect for the Valley.

The rain came down in sheets on Sunday in West Phoenix, where an isolated storm on Saturday had already opened a hole in the roof of SPOT 127 Youth Media Center. Water from both storms flowed through the hole and leaked down to the first floor.

“We’re very fortunate that none of our extensive digital media equipment and computers were damaged at all from what we can tell,” said Kristy Roschke, executive director of SPOT 127.

SPOT 127 still hosted about 15 kids Monday for a summer camp program. Part of the building was closed as crews worked on the damage.

The roof at SPOT 127 could be tested again Monday afternoon, as a flash flood watch remains in effect until 10 p.m.

“There’s still a lot of moisture hanging around, which means that thunderstorms could redevelop this afternoon and evening,” said Jaret Rogers, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Phoenix. 

With the damp air expected to stay in the Valley until Tuesday, Rogers said it's possible the National Weather Service could extend the flash flood watch.

Editor’s note: SPOT 127 Youth Media Center is operated by KJZZ.

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