Remember, most of Laveen sits on relatively low ground, and within the typical floodplain of the Salt River, not to mention the Tres Rios confluence just west of us. This is why our county and city officials took the initiative to complete the LACC project and others like it in recent history, as Laveen's population has boomed. Just ask any long-time resident to hear some interesting stories of past flooding.
Further, we may or may not experience unprecedented levels of rainfall in the next 48 hours, combined with rising river levels due to rapid snow melt in the high country. And I have not been able to find much specific advice for our community, which is a little frustrating.... After all, the storm a couple of weeks ago brought the gutter run-off above the sidewalk in front of my house, and last year I recall watching our water retention basin nearly fill up from a less severe storm.
So to ease all our minds, I offer the following resources:
- Local news coverage about the potentially unprecedented rain and flooding: Channel 3 video.
- Where to pick up free sandbags from the City of Phoenix, if needed: City of PHX site.
- What to do with the sandbags, if you decide you need them: eHow article.
- Information about the LACC and other "big" measures to stop flooding: Image and details.
- Info from Maricopa County Flood Control District: MCFCD site.
- Arizona's Flood Warning and Drought Monitoring: AFWDS site.
- Historic flood info: USGS website.
- FEMA's flood preparedness advice: FEMA site.
Please feel free to pass along this information to anyone who you think may need it, or feel free to keep it around as a resource for the next hundred or so years, in anticipation of an eventual 100-year flood (it's not really like nature is on a schedule.... here's a definition of a 100-year flood). In the likely event that this information is totally irrelevant, then I simply request that you understand how much I love to geek out on information and preparedness.