Aug 15, 2014 8:35 PM by John Patrick

Sandario Road flooding continues to be an issue

TUCSON - Pima County residents are sick of the flooding along Sandario Road.

One of the many flood prone areas along Sandario Road is at the intersection of Snyder Hill Drive. When heavy rain hits the intersection, it has nowhere to go, flooding the entire area.

The latest flooding event occurred Tuesday, leaving the rain soaked road closed and residents like Barbara Jimenez stranded from their homes.

"I was coming home and my husband called me about 2:15 p.m. and he said the road is flooded and not to come home," said Jimenez.

Jimenez has lived off of Sandario Road since 2000 and said the flooding has gotten worse since some roadwork was done in the area a few years back.

"I think they were trying to help but the truth is they hurt more than helped," said Jimenez.

According to Pima County Department of Transportation, a wash along Sandario Road should be able to handle 1,000 to 2,000 cubic feet of water per minute when the monsoon floods. However, the intersections aren't equipped with culverts to help the water pass under the intersection, instead they act as a dam.

PDOT released this statement today about Sandario Road:

"The fix would be a capital improvement project with adequate drainage facilities estimated in the millions per mile. There are over 40 flood prone roads in Pima County that get closed during similar storm events. Although the improvements are needed for Sandario, there isn't funding designated for a major road improvement."

For residents like Jimenez, they just want something done before the flooding turns into a complete disaster.

"I'm really worried there is going to be a terrible accident and then they'll fix it. Why not just fix it now," questioned Jimenez.

No major improvements are scheduled at this time, Pima County Transportation staff will respond as soon as viable to get flooded roads back open.


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