Originally Published: July 24, 2018 4:44 p.m.
Rain in such quantity never before seen in Prescott Valley Town Manager Larry Tarkowski’s 29-year history caused two road closures Sunday, July 15.
Public Works Director Norm Davis said the low water crossing at Robert Road and Roundup Drive was closed for about two hours for public safety. He was out and about in his truck during what he called a “monster storm.”
“I thought I was sitting on the deck of a ship during a hurricane” Davis said. “All the street guys were out, sitting in our vehicles. There was not much we could do; we waited about 30 minutes.”
Southbound lanes on Glassford Hill Road also experienced some flooding near Santa Fe Loop. Town officials closed those lanes for about 30 minutes, from 4 to 4:40 p.m. Davis said, if needed, emergency vehicles could have made their way through the water.
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Detention basins built into parks and subdivisions, such Bob Edwards Park near Long Look and Viewpoint drives and in Viewpoint north of Highway 89A, captured enough rainwater for people to swim in and paddle canoes.
The detention basins, engineered to control drainage over a 12-hour period, slows the massive flow of water from 3-4 inches of rain that Davis estimates fell in one-and-a-half hours Sunday afternoon.
“It’s like a big bathtub with a metered control drain,” he said. The detention basin makes good land use to double as a park. “We have water fill the soccer field and we don’t have to water it.”
The Prescott Valley Public Library continues to experience leaks; however, not from the roof this time, but from skylights.
New sealant scheduled for the roof of the 20-year-old Civic Center has been temporarily delayed, Davis said.