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  • Odile

    News, updates and information about Tropical Storm Odile

    National and local weather forecasters are predicting heavy rain for an already soaked Pima County the next few days, which could result in, street, local and flash flooding. We have created this page to keep county residents up-to-date on important information about the storm and its effects. We will be aggregating information from numerous county agencies and from other governments and jurisdictions in the county.

    National Weather Service Watches and Warnings

    All of Pima County is currently under a Flash Flood Watch until 6 p.m. Sept. 18. This may change as rain intensifies Wednesday as Odile moves across the county. According to the NWS, a Watch is: "...used when the risk of a hazardous weather or hydrologic event has increased significantly, but its occurrence, location, and/or timing is still uncertain. It is intended to provide enough lead time so that those who need to set their plans in motion can do so."NWS-Tucson updates its Watch and Warning alerts here.


    PIMA COUNTY sandbag locations (current as of 2:55 p.m. Sept. 17):

    • Green Valley Fire Station 153, 210 E. Continental Road.
    • Drexel Heights Fire Station 401, located on the corner of Camino Verde and Ajo Way.
    • Shultz Arena, 12000 S. Nogales Highway.
    • Tohono O’odham Nation Public Works yard in Sells.
    • Town of Marana, 5100 W. Ina Road (now closed until 8 a.m. Thursday).
    • Town of Marana, 12775 Sanders Road (now closed until 8 a.m. Thursday). 

     CITY OF TUCSON sandbag locations*

    Sandbags available through the City of Tucson on Wednesday, September 17

    • North side - Fort Lowell Park @ the parking lot off of Craycroft.
    • Central - Reid Park @ Randolph Way and 22nd Street in the parking lot just east of the elephant exhibit.
    • South side – City of Tucson staging yard between 6647 and 6663 S Missiondale Road (east side of the road).
    • East side - Udall Park just south of the buildings at the recycle/treecycle yard.
    • West side - Menlo Park just west of the pool @ Fresno Street.
    • Southeast side - Purple Heart Park off of Rita Road.

    *Sand bag pickup at City locations began at 8 AM.  It is self-service and limited to 10 bags per person so the City can accommodate as many residents as possible. The City will supply sand, sand bags, ties and shovels.
    Staff from the City's Department of Transportation will be on location to assist, but the sand bags will not be pre-filled.

    For information about how to place and use sandbags, click here.  Or watch this video.  

    Pima County has received another 24,000 bags from the state, bringing the county's total number of bags to 50,000. 13,000 bags have been distributed and another 37,000 bags are on hand. 9/17/2014, 1:28 p.m.

    The city of Tucson began with 8,000 sandbags and subsequently delivered 16,000 more to its six distribution sites. 44,000 more bags came from Phoenix earlier today and those were available for distribution at the sites by 2 p.m.

    County public works and emergency operations staff have been working hard to distribute bags at the above distribution sites, but demand is high and many are running out shortly after they are delivered. Some jurisdictions are limiting the number of bags the public can take, but members of the public should only take what they need to protect their property and possessions.

    Road Closures

    As of Sept. 15, only one road in the unincorporated county was closed. The county updates its closure list here. Closures List:
    Silverbell Road between Avra Valley Road to Sasco Road  

    School Closures

    Each school district will determine whether to shorten its day or close during this event. Check with your child's school or follow your school district, charter or private school's normal procedures for weather-related events or closings. 

    County facilities

    As of this morning, all county offices and facilities are open, but that may change as rain increases Wednesday.

    Pima County playing fields closed due to weather

    Pima County playing fields closed September 16, 2014 and will remain closed until further notice due to severe weather warnings in the local area. For more information please call 520-877-6000. Check this page, or the county parks website to determine if fields will be open for the weekend.

    Pima Animal Care Center will be CLOSED to the public for the rest of today, Sept. 17. 

    Some sandbag locations still have sand but are running out of bags. More bags have been requested from the State and some home improvement stores have ordered emergency deliveries of bags to their stores.

    Stay updated on Pima County's tropical storm preparations via social media too. Twitter: @pimaarizona and Facebook: www.facebook.com/pimacountyarizona.
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