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  • Rain, flooding causes closures of trailheads, Loop sections

    Jul 23, 2021 | Read More News
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    Overnight rains and flooding have forced the temporary closure of several trailheads and recreation areas in the Santa Catalina Mountains and numerous sections of the Chuck Huckelberry Loop.

    The trailheads that will be closed are Finger Rock Trail, Pima Canyon Trail, Ventana Canyon Trail, Pontatoc Canyon Trail, and Bear Canyon Trail. All gates at these trailheads will be closed, and signs will be put up warning the public of the closure. closure

    The U.S. Forest Service – Coronado National Forest announced today that it would close a number of recreation areas in the Coronado National Forest because of flash flooding. Hikers are advised to postpone unnecessary activities and avoid washes, ravines, and other areas that may flood. 

    The closures will remain in place until further notice. The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning for much of southeast Arizona that remains in effect through Saturday evening. 

    In addition, numerous sections of the Loop will be closed. The closures are located primarily at underpasses on the Rillito River, Pantano Wash, and Julian Wash.  

    Currently, only the Magee Road underpass on the Cañada del Oro Wash is closed. On the Santa Cruz River, the east bank south of Ina Road and west bank between Sunset Road and El Camino del Cerro are closed. 

    With more rain expected over the weekend, more closures also can be expected. The public should avoid flooded areas that have temporary barricades, adhere to all warning signs and use extreme caution while using the Loop.  

    Dangerous debris that can affect the structural integrity of pathways on the Loop may still be present even after flood waters recede, therefore, it is strongly advised that the public not use these facilities until such time as staff can assess and repair any damage that may have occurred during these flow events.  

    Several County-maintained roads have been closed as well. For current weather-related road closures, please contact the Pima County Sheriff’s Road Condition Hotline at (520) 547-7510 or at the Pima County Department of Transportation website.

    The Pima County Office of Emergency Management and the Regional Flood Control District can provide flood alerts to residents within certain watersheds. The MyAlerts Flood Alert Messaging webpage has information about the areas covered and how to sign up to receive alerts.