Scottsdale to put up flood signs to deter motorists during storms

(By Scottsdale Fire Department)

(By Scottsdale Fire Department)

The Scottsdale Fire Department is reminding motorists not to cross flooded washes – even when there are no signs in place – to avoid potential danger during monsoon season.

Signs are to be placed at locations around Scottsdale ahead of any major storm when forecasts and time allows.

Control of a vehicle is lost in 6 inches of water.  Most vehicles will begin to float in 2 feet of water, according to a press release. For monsoon safety tips, visit

Motorists who drive around barricades to enter a flooded stretch of roadway may be charged for the cost of their rescue as part of the Stupid Motorist Law, according to the release.

In Scottsdale, it is easy to anticipate most areas where crossing will be limited in rains. According to the press release, “Flooding Ahead” signs are to be placed at the following locations:

District III Wet Water Crossings

North / South Streets – Scottsdale Road

  • Princess DR /Chauncey WY
    • NB at “Princess DR” intersection ahead sign
    • SB at north entrance/exit into automobile dealerships
  • Deer Valley Road
    • NB at “Watch for Water on Road” sign
    • SB at Deer Valley Road, north side
  • Adobe Drive
    • NB at Deer Valley RD
    • SB at Adobe “T” intersection sign
  • Williams RD
    • NB at ATKO business (22357 N)
    • SB at “Williams Road” intersection ahead sign
  • Pinnacle Vista Drive
    • NB at Redbird
    • SB at Pinnacle Vista
  • Dynamite Road
    • NB at “Dynamite Road” intersection ahead sign
    • SB at Mark LN (desert road)
  • 29,000N, Via Dona, Lee LN and BOB White
    • NB at Dale NEC
    • SB at Morning Vista
  • Dixileta, Mary Sharon and Davis
    • NB at Morning Vista Drive
    • SB at Montgomery Lane and
    • SB at “Dixileta” intersection ahead sign
  • Lone Mountain
    • NB at entrance to AJ’s Plaza
    • SB 200 yards north of intersection
  • Ashler Hills and Dove Valley
    • NB at SEC of Lone Mountain and
    • NB 200 yards north of Lone Mountain on crest prior to large wash and
    • NB at NEC of Ashler Hills on sidewalk
    • SB at Dove Valley and
    • SB at Ashler Hills NWC

North / South Streets – Pima Road:

  • Los Gatos
    • NB 200 yards south of “Los Gatos” intersection ahead sign and
    • NB at Los Gatos
    • SB at Country Club Trail (private drive west side of road)
  • Pinnacle Peak
    • NB 50 yards south of intersection adjacent to storm drain
    • SB at “Pinnacle Peak RD” intersection ahead sign
  • Dynamite BLVD
    • NB there is a “27400” sign on east curb.  Sign placement to be north of here at “50 MPH” sign
    • SB 150 yards south of Dynamite opposite “Dynamite BLVD” intersection ahead sign visible on east curb
    • Watch  only on intersection
  • Lone Mountain to Westland
    • NB at Whisper Rock RD
    • SB at Westland SWC
  • Black Mountain
    • NB at Westland NEC
    • SB at “Black Mountain” and “T” intersection ahead signs

North / South Streets – Alma School Road:

  • Pinnacle Peak DRIVE
    • SB only at Jomax Road

East / West Streets – All:

  • Hayden at Frank Lloyd Wright
    • Signage west of intersection in front of golf store
  • Pinnacle Peak Road west of Miller Road
    • WB at 84th Place and
    • WB at 82nd Street and
    • WB at Hayden Road
    • EB at 77th Way and
    • EB at Williams Road and
    • EB at 82nd Street
  • Happy Valley Road
    • Between 77th Street and Hayden Road
      • WB at “Hayden Road” intersection ahead sign
      • EB at Miller Road
    • 8100 Block
      • WB at Roping Road
      • EB at Hayden Road
    • 8600 Block
      • WB at 87th Street
      • EB 100 yards east of 84th Street
    • Rio Verde
      • 13100 to 13600 Block
        • WB at 136th Street
        • EB at 128th Street
      • Lone Mountain
        • 7500 to 7600 Block
      • WB at 76th Street
      • EB 50 yards west of Whisper Rock
        • Hayden Road
      • WB 100 yards east of Hayden Road (near 8024)
      • EB 125 yards west of Hayden Road on hillcrest
        • Black Cross Road
      • 100 yards from intersection both directions
        • 8200 Block
      • WB at Granite Reef Road
      • EB 150 yards east of Black Cross Road
      • 6200, 6745 and 7000 Carefree HWY
        • WB just west of Scottsdale Road at “Flash Flood Area” sign and
        • WB at Arroyo Road
        • EB at 60th Street and
        • EB at Ridgeway Drive

District II Wet Water Crossings

Streets from North to South:

  • McCormick Parkway between 78th Street and Camello Del Norte
  • Indian Bend Road between Hayden Road and 78th Street
  • Starlight between Hayden Road and 78th Street
  • Jackrabbit Road between Hayden Road and 78th Street
  • Pecos Road at Hayden Road
  • Medlock between Hayden Road and 78th Street

District I Wet Water Crossings

Streets from North to South:

  • Osborn Road between Hayden Road and Miller Road
  • Murray Lane between Miller Road and 77th Street
  • Roosevelt between 87th Street and Miller Road

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