Flooded washes cause traffic headaches in Sahuarita - KCTV5

Flooded washes cause traffic headaches in Sahuarita

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SAHUARITA, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Flooded washes in Sahuarita made it difficult for many people to get home this evening. Some were stuck waiting for hours. The road is open now, but earlier this afternoon was a totally different story.

Water gushed along both sides of Sahuarita Road near Alvernon shutting it down for several hours. Many drivers said it was quite the sight.

“It is, it is! It’s really nice to see the water. The desert needs it. It’s really dry here," said Gloria Davis.

“Nothing going to stop this water from running any place," said Garry Smith.

Several feet of water rushed past drivers very quickly. Ron Keplar didn't want to chance driving his motorcycle through the water.

“We have that motorist law and its their decision if they want to try it and get stuck or not,” said Keplar.

Sheriff's deputies blocked the road and told drivers it would be awhile before they'd be allowed to cross. They were all stuck in a long line with no where to go.

“I came to visit my aunt and I don’t really see this. So it’s really cool. The desert needs the water," said Andrew Lamon.

Corona de Tucson officials were called out to Kolb and Sahuarita, just a few miles down the road, for a reported stuck vehicle. The people inside were already out when they arrived, so they did not perform a rescue.

“It’s dangerous for stupid people. You see water coming down across the road, you don’t cross it," said Smith.

Officials say it only takes a few inches of water for something like a big car to be swept away.

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