Saturday, July 19, 2008

Monsoon Flood

Our last year in Philadelphia, it rained 18 weekends in a row. In Tucson, when it rains, it's a BIG event. Right now, it is monsoon season. Incredible thunder storms that can do amazing damage in a very very short amount of time. All throughout the southwest, there are 'washes', that are dry, 99% of the time. And then the rains come, and the washes fill with water, FAST rushing water. Sometimes, for the big washes, they close the roads. They've built bridges over the really really big washes, that turn into major rivers (30 feet deep, it can get). We love monsoon season.

Except it can get scary. Like when the lightning hits 10 feet outside your door, and when your yard turns into a river. Our dirt road has a wash that comes in just across our driveway. It makes a turn, and then continues on the other side of our horse arena. The road becomes impassable.

Next time, I'll get pictures of that. There was too much lightning to venture out to the end of the driveway. So here's some shots of my flooding desert yard, taken from the relative safety of my porch. The water ended up coming right up to both my back door and my front door. I was starting to think about sand bags.

This all happened just before dinner. After dinner, the worst seemed to be over. My 15 year old wanted to go to a friend's house. I offered to drive him. His friend just lives 5 minutes away. My younger son came with me.

Then, we couldn't get home. Every road we tried was flooded, including the "front" way into our road. I ended up going way around, and thankfully those roads were not as badly flooded.

Oh, and our garage flooded. Reminds me that I need to have a yard sale. Or just call the Salvation Army, I want to get rid of all the junk.

Before it floods again.


TheSingingBird said...

Amazing sights, so glad you made it home safely!

The Vineyard Painter said...

Wow! Keep us posted on how you're doing!

I've never seen flash flooding in the desert, although I loved to go camping in Anza Borrego desert (So. Californina) in the dry river beds of the canyons there. We were told to always beware of "flash floods".


Mare said...

Yikes Sara! That sure looks scarry! Be safe my friend...Oh! I love that sun/mountain gate you have and the little walled in garden. I feel like i could just go out there and sit forever in that spot!

Waterrose said...

We left on vacation just before that rain! Thankfully we didn't come home to any damage. Now waiting for the next big rain or haboob!