Jul 8, 2014 10:35 PM by Nathan O'Neal

Border community cleans up after flooding problems near Nogales

NOGALES, Ariz. - The border community continues cleanup efforts after runoff water from Mexico created flooding issues on Monday.

"We got a lot of water and a lot of rain on this side. It wasn't as intense as Mexico but we had a lot of water coming off of our hills and our community as well," said Bruce Bracker, a Nogales shop owner.

Monsoon rains created flooding so bad on both sides of the border, it forced the DeConcini Port of Entry to shut down international traffic for most of the day Monday.

"The last flooding was probably in 2008. However, this is the first time in quite some time that the port actually had to close down as a result of the heavy rains," said Edith Serrano, a spokesperson for Customs & Border Protection.

Efforts from city crews on either side of the border worked to clean up the mess. CBP even had to repair a broken elevator caused by the waters.

Across the border in Mexico, some Arizonans got a first hand look at the flooding aftermath in Sonora.

"The weather in the desert in the summer is unpredictable and the weather is becoming more and more unpredictable. This is an international issues... weather," said Linda Naughton, who was in Sonora for a dental appointment.

Back in Arizona, shops are gearing up for another wave of storms. The City of Nogales even delivered sand bags just in case of future flooding.

"It's a precaution also for at night so when we leave our buildings. There's no one down here so we leave the bags in front of our doors because in Southern Arizona," Bracker said. "There's no way of knowing when the storm is going to hit."


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