CLIFTON — The folks in Clifton have finally seen their flood gate in action, but nobody’s certain even yet whether or not it will hold back the waters. After the San Francisco River overran its banks and flooded the community twice in the 1970s and again in 1983, the Army Corps of Engineers and the state of Arizona developed a levee system…
CLIFTON — The southern portion of Clifton suffered major damage when the San Francisco River overran its banks twice in the 1970s and again in 1983. To remedy that, the Army Corps of Engineers and the State of Arizona developed a levee system to serve as flood control. But the levee had to cross State Route 75, Clifton’s main street.
Why are weather forecasts still so inaccurate? We often hear a storm “just snuck in” or a predicted storm “just fell apart.” We’re talking about storms here, big things many miles high and wide, driven by lows and highs that are hundreds of miles across, steered by huge jet streams that don’t make sudden turns.
Q: We are recent transplants to Arizona from Washington, where it rains a lot, so we never had to worry about this before: Can you get sunburned under the water?
A: I will answer that in a moment, but first I need to remind you that as new Arizonans and pool owners, it is your duty to sit by the pool on Thanksgiving Day and call relatives in colder climates and say, “Hey, guess what we’re doing?”