Scottsdale warns residents of flooded roads during soggy weather


The city of Scottsdale urges residents to stay informed and prepared for the increased threat of flooding across Scottsdale and Maricopa County.

Although rain expected through Friday, Jan. 8 holds little threat, localized flooding could occur as rain continues through the week and the ground becomes saturated.

Residents are urged to stay informed and be prepared for the increased threat of flooding later this week.

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, officials stated in a press release.

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 storms.
  • Updates will also be shared on city Twitter accounts: @ScottsdalePD and @ScottsdaleAZgov.
  • 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:
  • 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:
  • Should the threat of flooding escalate, the city will make sand and sand bags available for Scottsdale residents on a first-come, first-served basis at two locations, but residents should be ready to fill their own bags:
    • Near the city’s north Corporation Yard, 9379 E. San Salvador.
    • Near District 1 Police Headquarters, 7601 E. McKellips Road.
      • There is a limit of 10 bags per household. Because of limited supplies, residents are advised to bring their own sand bags to fill. Bags are available at most large home improvement stores.
      • Call 480-312-3111 during business hours to ensure sandbags are available at the two locations above.

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:
  • 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 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

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