Dangerous Driving Conditions During the Next 24 Hours
Highway flooding a possibility in Central Arizona
Tuesday, August 9, 2016
- For Immediate Release -
Phoenix, Ariz. - The National Weather Service has forecast possibly one to three inches of rain in Central Arizona as a result of Tropical Storm Javier. The heavy downpour will most likely affect traffic on the highway system throughout the state. In Tucson, the Grant Road underpass and the Congress off ramp from Interstate 10 were both temporarily closed due to flooding.
“It’s important that drivers pay attention to traffic advisories and to plan enough time to get where they need to be. They should anticipate slower traffic along the Phoenix metro freeway system,” said Major Bill Beck of the DPS Highway Patrol Division.
DPS advises drivers to slow their speed when encountering storm conditions. “Hydroplaning” occurs when water builds up on the pavement and tires do not have traction. Drivers may momentarily lose control. Please use extreme caution and adjust your speed accordingly by taking your foot off the gas pedal and not braking. If you are driving on the highway and there is low visibility, exit the highway, turn off your lights, and wait for the storm system to pass.
Remember to avoid driving through flooded roadways and washes. Under Arizona’s “Stupid Motorist” law, drivers whose vehicles become stuck in these conditions are financially liable for the cost of their rescue.
The Arizona Department of Public Safety is a state-level law enforcement agency whose mission is to protect human life and property by enforcing state laws, deterring criminal activity and providing vital support to the State of Arizona and its citizens.