Early spring storms to impact Scottsdale

An incoming storm system is expected to bring localized rain and wind to Scottsdale. In addition, upstream rain and snowmelt on the Salt and Verde rivers is filling reservoirs and causing water releases.

Before the storms hit, it is important to be prepared and have emergency items on hand, including ones that protect your property from floodwaters.

Some residents in Scottsdale rely on sandbags to protect their homes from storm flooding. The city provides both sand and bags as a courtesy to residents. However, demand is typically high during storms, and the city cannot guarantee availability of complimentary sand and bags to everyone.

These supplies are available 24 hours a day for Scottsdale residents on a first-come, first-served basis at these locations: 

  • Parking lot of District 1 Police Headquarters, 7601 E. McKellips Road
  • Near the city's north Corporation Yard, 9379 E. San Salvador
  • 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. All the supplies and equipment -- sand, bags and shovels -- are located in large roll-off refuse containers at each site. 

  • There is a limit of 10 bags per household.
  • 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.

But remember, other options may provide better protection.

The city encourages residents to explore alternatives to sandbags – which are often more convenient, effective and easier to get. 

Flood diversion tubes act much like sandbags to block floodwaters from entering homes. The tubes are easy to place and weigh little until filled with water. Any common garden hose attaches, making the flood diversion barrier simple to fill. 

Other options include transportable flood fence barriers and water absorbent cushions.

Residents whose properties are subject to seasonal flooding are encouraged to explore these alternatives to sandbags through local hardware stores and online retailers. 

Anticipated road and facility closures


In Scottsdale, heavy rains and water release can cause the closure of unbridged cross streets along the Indian Bend Wash. 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 Street at 77th 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


Call ahead if you're planning to use city parks, the preserve and recreation areas. The city’s call center at 480-312-3111 will have closure information.

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