Jul 8, 2014 12:08 AM by Rebecca Taylor

Corona de Tucson flooding hurting businesses and homes

VAIL - Heavy rain fell in Corona de Tucson knocking down trees, flooding roads, homes and businesses on Monday. The water rose so fast, the fire department was called to help stalled and stranded drivers.

Some communities have been hit hard by storms, both Saturday and Monday causing a lot of flooding and property damage.

Instead of flipping pizza dough Ray Argenziano is pushing a broom.

"It started Saturday. We had a micro burst come through, took part of my roofing off busted a waterline on top. I thought that was the end of it, but then today about 2:30 we had a storm come through," he said.

All the rain started eroding sidewalks, seeping into his Italian restaurant called Argenzianos Great Italian Food.

"Mud three quarters of an inch thick we've been squeeging it out, mopping it up," said Argenziano.

Corona de Tucson firefighter/paramedics were called out twice to Sahuarita Road to help drivers stuck in the floods. In the end everyone was okay.

Todd Cupell is the Public Information Officer for Corona de Tucson Fire Department. "Well something that I have never seen before in my 12 years of being here with Corona Fire is the wash behind us overflowed its banks, along with the wash up the road from us overflowed its banks," he said.

As for Argenziano, he hopes to reopen the family restaurant Tuesday.

"We've been out here 11 years, this is the worst I've ever seen," he said.

There are travel restriction on Houghton road and Camino del Toro as workers continue to clean up.


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