Flooding in Tucson, AZ (2006)

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Measuring floods in Tucson, AZ 2006.


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Location Taken: Tucson, AZ, US


(water rushing loudly)

- [Narrator] Pantano broadway,
the water is on it's way up.

Shopping cart go down river.

There's a pretty big recirculating hole.

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There's another shopping cart. (chuckles)

It looks like the only way
you get out of the hole

is if you're a shopping cart. (laughs)

Just grab hold of the shopping
cart, you'll come through.

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There's another shopping cart.

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Date: seven 29 2006,

we're at Sabino Creek, 7:30,

in the morning.

There's the crossing.

One of the crossings.

We have a significant rain right now too,

it's been going all night long.

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This all then came from
Pantano Wash and Sabino Canyon,

Sabino was about 8,000

and Pantano was about 4,000.

Upstream Rillito (water
rushing louder than talking).

We had about 12,000 come through there.

We're currently making a
current meter measurement.

We have a crew out on the bridge.

There's the crew setting up a measurement.

They had to change the reel.

I guess the weight got
caught on some debris

that was flowing down and broke the cable.

Going for a depth and velocity reading.

So they'll measure the
depth at that location

and then also a velocity reading,

and then they'll probably
move over 10 feet.

Now they'll go across this
thing about every 10 feet

and make about 20 to 25 of these verticals

where they measure depth and velocity.

And then we sum all these areas up

and come up with a discharge.

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Now he's going to get
his velocity reading.

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What was the velocity?

- [Man] We're getting into
seven's, maybe up to eight.

- [Narrator] Okay.

Velocity is about seven
or eight feet per second.

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Alright, we're at C D O, at Thornydale.

It's about 11 o'clock, July 29, 2006.

We're with Tony Carson and Tom Porter.

They're about ready to
do a bridge measurement.

They just got done making
a measurement about 5,000,

the stage has dropped considerably.

You can see that the
water is dropping rapidly.

(metal squealing)

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Alright, they're getting a depth.

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See how fast that water is.

When you have big flows like this,

it makes it pretty exciting
to make a measurement.

Fortunately, there's not a lot of debris

flowing in this event.

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But the velocities in here are tremendous.

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It goes downstream.

Man that thing is streaming.

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(rushing water drowns
out talking) measurement.

Going about 20 across.

They were measuring velocities up to

about 17 feet per second, was the maximum,

which is tremendous.

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- [Narrator] Seven 29 2006.

We're at Trico road, the time is 16:00.

That's where it's at right now.

And there's some more of the bridge,

we're parked back here.

But you can see the waters filling up

all the way back up this direction.

Notice the lack of shopping
carts this far from town.

Here we are at the bridge on River Right.

Tom and I figured out that
if you get caught in a hole,

just grab on to the next shopping cart.

Those things always
blow out the other side

of those big monster holes. (chuckle)

So this is what it feels
like to be in a river,

and a car, without a boat.

We got, it's just flooding
on either side of the car.

Standing waves.

Here we go.

This is bypassing the bridge.

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Is that water in the truck? No.

We are at water level

and you can see we're creating waves.

Man oh man.

It's all going that way
now, it's going upriver.

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