Rain closed roads, Little League, church carnival; washes flooded

By Christina Sampson

January 28, 2013 - 1:13 pm
Maricopa received more than an inch of rain this weekend. The 6th annual Our Lady of Grace Parish festival rescheduled. Dan Miller photo

Maricopa Little League opening day and the Our Lady of Grace Parish Festival and Carnival are rescheduled for this upcoming weekend after rain and flooding shut them down.

The National Weather Service reported 1.06 inches of rainfall fell on Maricopa Saturday prompting flooding and running washes.

Mark O’Malley, National Weather Service meteorologist, said “it was rather unusual to see an inch of rain” in one day.

O’Malley said although winters in Pinal County are generally marked by a few days of steady rainfall, an inch or more was “a fairly generous rainfall in the county overall.”

He said the area between San Tan Valley, Coolidge and Florence also saw more than an inch of rain, but less fell on the southeastern part of the county.

Officials with the Maricopa fire and police departments said there were no accidents or vehicle rescues as a result of the weather.

Opening day ceremonies for Maricopa Little League challenger, t-ball and machine pitch teams will be 9 a.m. Saturday at Pacana Park. All games previously scheduled for Saturday will be delayed by one hour.

Games scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday will remain the same weather and field conditions permitting.

Click here for more information on Maricopa Little League.

Maricopa Fire Chief Wade Brannon said drivers, for the most part, handled the weekend weather fine.

“It’s fairly rare for people to have issues crossing the roads,” Brannon said.

Maricopa Police Officer Jenny Alsidez, spokeswoman for the MPD, said although the police department doesn’t target flooded areas specifically, “we do try to get out there and patrol those areas just to make sure nobody ignored the signs or got stuck.”

On Saturday, Murphy Road from Peters and Nall Road to the Maricopa-Casa Grande Highway was closed because of flooding.

Porter Road from Iron Point Road to Farrell Road was closed Sunday about 3 a.m. because of a running wash.

The south and north wash crossings on Rancho El Dorado Parkway closed because of flooding later Sunday morning at approximately 9:30 a.m.

All three roads were re-opened by 6:30 p.m. Sunday.

Heather Murphy, Pinal County spokeswoman, said there was no significant damage caused by the rain.

Murphy said the ground in Pinal County is well-equipped to handle rain over a period of time. The storms that arise suddenly and dump a lot of water all at once effect the county most, she said.

The three-day, 6th annual Our Lady of Grace Parish Festival and Carnival started Friday but was called off after flooding made the area potentially unsafe.

It is rescheduled for this weekend. The hours will be the same: 4 to 10:30 p.m. Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday.
The church is at 45295 W. Honeycutt Ave., across from Maricopa High School.

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