Monsoon Season Safety

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MONSOON SEASON SAFETY

Designated Public Works crews will be on call 24 hours a day during the monsoon and after any major storm events to check for and remove downed trees and debris, clear clogged storm drains and to assist residents in flooded areas.  To report damage please call (623) 333-4400. For Emergencies dial 9-1-1.

During heavy rains, the safest strategy is to stay in place

 Remain in your home or place of business. Don’t travel unless absolutely necessary.

 If You Are Driving

  • Obey all traffic, detour and road closure signs and avoid low-lying areas!
  • Do not attempt to cross flooded roadways!  Even shallow running water exerts intense pressure and can sweep your car off the road or stall your engine.
  • Slow down!  The first rain of summer brings unusually slick conditions.
  • If you can't see due to heavy rain or blowing dust, pull off the road.  Move off the road to the right side as far as possible. Turn off your engine and lights. Stay inside your vehicle. 
  • Approach any non-working traffic signal like a stop sign.  Traffic signal outage can be reported to Police non-emergency line at (623) 333-7001
  • For more monsoon season driving tips from ADOT click here.  (www.azdot.gov/about/transportation-safety/Weather/monsoons)

 Flooding

  • Public Works provides sand and bags free of charge to residents at the Municipal Operations Service Center (MOSC), 395 E Lower Buckeye Road.

  • Residents are asked to bring their own shovel to fill sandbags.

  • Anyone needing assistance filling sandbags should call Public Works at (623) 333-4400.

  • Contact Public Works to report street flooding. Only report flooding in City streets and parks. The City cannot respond to flooding in residents' homes.

  • Public Works MOSC is open Monday-Thursday, 7 a.m.-6 p.m.

 Fallen Trees

  • Fallen trees/debris blocking major roadways, intersections, alleyways or present safety concerns: contact Police non-emergency at (623) 333-7001.
  • Fallen trees/debris NOT blocking major roadways, intersections, or posing a safety concern: contact Public Works (623) 333-4400.
  • Fallen trees/debris on private property or alleyways: Place material for bulk/green collection, following the guidelines at: www.avondaleaz.gov/bulk

NOTE: Tree pruning classes are available through the City, which helps maintain and keep your trees "monsoon ready".  We suggest you trim trees away from windows and roofs, and thin tree canopies to help prevent limb breakage and uprooting during storms.  Information on FREE Landscape classes available at www.avondaleaz.gov/landscapeclasses

 Lightning

  • Lightning is dangerous no matter where you are!
  • If you are outdoors, seek shelter immediately.
  • Stay away from open fields, high land, trees, poles and standing bodies of water.
  • Do not swim or hold metal objects.

If The Power Goes Out

  • Turn off high usage items such as air conditioners, computers and televisions so there is no danger of overloading your system or damaging these items with voltage fluctuations when power returns.
  • Keep your freezer and refrigerator door closed.
  • Keep batteries, flashlights, and a battery-operated radio or TV handy in the case of power outages.

 Power outages can be reported to your utility provider:

  •  SRP:   (602) 236-8888
  •  APS:   (855) 688-2437

 Power outage information is available on your utility providers websites:

 Stay informed

  • Updates will be posted on the City’s website: https://www.avondaleaz.gov
  • Updates will also be shared on City’s Twitter and Facebook accounts. Give us a follow!