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Remnants of Hurricane Newton pose flooding threat

Scottsdale and the rest of the Valley could see heavy rains starting tonight as the remnants of Hurricane Newton enter the region.  

Residents are urged to stay informed and be prepared for potentially heavy localized rains and possible flooding during the next few days.

During heavy rains, the safest strategy is to stay in place – remain in your home or place of business. Don’t travel unless you have to. Obey all signs and avoid low-lying areas. Do not cross running water.

There are a number of steps residents can take to prepare for approaching storms:

Stay informed

  • The city’s website, will post road closures and other information relating to the storm.
  • Updates will also be shared on city Twitter accounts: @ScottsdalePDlinks to external site and @ScottsdaleAZgovlinks to external site.
  • The city’s call center is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays to answer questions and share storm information at 480-312-3111.

Be prepared

  • Put together a simple supplies kit with basics like flashlights, batteries and bottled water. For more details on what you need and how to put together a kit, visit: to external site
  • Make sure you have a plan to communicate with your family and loved ones during a storm. Get more information on creating a plan, here: to external site

Sand bags

  • Sand and sand bags are available 24 hours a day for Scottsdale residents on a first-come, first-served basis through at two locations: 
    o Near District 1 Police Headquarters, 7601 E. McKellips Road.
    o Solid Waste Transfer Station, 8417 E. Union Hills Drive.
  • Shovels and bags will be provided by the city, but residents are required to fill their own bags.
  • There is a limit of 10 bags per household.
  • Because of limited supplies, residents are encouraged to bring their own sand bags to fill.
  •  Bags are available at most large home improvement stores.
  • Sandbags are most effective when placed in front of entry points
  • Fill the bags one-half to two-thirds full. The bag should lie fairly flat when filled.

If the locations above are out of either sand or bags, call 480-312-5000 to request resupplies.  

Use caution

  • Don’t travel in heavy rain unless you have to. Obey all signs and avoid low-lying areas. Do not cross running water. More car safety tips are available here: to external site
  • Call ahead if planning to use city parks, preserve and recreation areas. The city’s call center at 480-312-3111 will have closure information.
  • In Scottsdale, heavy rains can cause the Indian Bend Wash to fill with water and close unbridged cross streets. Always obey traffic signs and do not try to cross running water or flooded areas. Unbridged Indian Bend Wash crossings include:
    • Roosevelt from Miller to Hayden roads
    • Osborn Road
    • Murray Lane
    • Oak at77th Street
    • Medlock Drive at Hayden Road
    • Starlight Way at Hayden
    • Jackrabbit Road at Hayden
    • Pecos Lane at Hayden
    • Safeway Plaza entrance, at Hayden, north of Chaparral Road
  • Other flood-prone streets include:
    • 87th Street, south of Thomas Road
    • 84th Place, north of Roosevelt Street
    • Granite Reef Road, south of Roosevelt
    • Gail Road at 83rd Place
    • Scottsdale Road, north of Loop 101 Freeway
    • Pima Road, north of Pinnacle Peak Road


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