Monsoon season is in full swing, and while the summer storms can be a welcome break, residents are encouraged to keep up to date on changing weather conditions.
Monsoons can develop quickly, bringing high winds, dust storms, wet roads, and potential flooding. Before a storm, secure outdoor objects and have extra batteries and flashlights on hand.
To stay safe during a storm, follow these steps:
• If you are outdoors and safe shelter is not available, find a low spot away from trees, fences, and poles. Avoid high ground, water, trees, and metal objects.
• If you encounter a dust storm while driving, pull off the road immediately. Turn off your headlights and taillights, put your vehicle in “PARK,” and take your foot off the brake. Stay in the vehicle with your seat belt buckled and wait for the storm to pass.
• Do not risk crossing a flooded wash or roadway, even if it does not look deep. Even a few inches of running water poses a serious risk. Control of a vehicle can be lost in as little as six inches of water and most vehicles will begin to float in two feet of water. The way to prevent becoming trapped or swept away by flowing water is to not drive through it.
For more information and tips, visit www.azdot.gov/monsoons.
Peoria’s Fire Stations have sand and bags available for residents in need.
Residents must bring a shovel and a way to transport the bags.
Firefighters are not available to fill the bags so residents must be able to do it themselves.
Visit www.peoriaaz.gov/fire for locations.