Mother Nature hit Douglas with a vengeance Sunday night dumping several inches of rain which led to flooding of some local streets and residences.
Depending on where you lived, rainfall totals varied from two inches on 14th Street and B Avenue to 4.25 inches at Johnny Chavez’ home on Ninth Street and Jackson.
Chavez, who works for the City of Douglas, had just finished the roof on his home. He said the new roof kept the water out. He admitted he was somewhat nervous based on the amount of rain that was falling.
Lt. Matt King of the Douglas Fire Department reported that approximately a half-dozen homes reported flooding of some kind at their residences, but that no one needed evacuation.
He added the DFD received three calls for vehicles that were stranded in water, one was at Gaytans on Pan American and the other two were on Washington Avenue. By the time the DFD arrived on scene other motorists who were in the area had offered their assistance and the problem was taken care of.
King said they had two inches of rain in their gauge at the DFD. The National Weather Service in Tucson is reporting rainfall totals far less than what is being shared with The Dispatch.
The Erubiel Durazo ball field at Airport Park that was opened in May 2018 was under several feet of water as a result of the rain.
Chavez and his city crews were attempting to pump the water out and into a nearby drainage ditch Monday morning. He added, due to the amount of water on the field, it was going to take several days to complete the project. He stated he was concerned about additional rain that is in the forecast, falling.
He stated it’s hard to say until the water is removed, what damage had been done to the ballfield.
He did say, in his 24 years in the city, this was the most rainfall he had seen in such a short period of time.
Several utility lines and trees were knocked down in the storm. Lt. King said he was happy to report that no one needed medical treatment as a result of the storm.
Unofficial rainfall totals show Douglas with 4.48 inches of rain so far this monsoon. The average to date is reportedly 6.91 inches