Lingering storms inundate Pima with standing water

Jon Johnson Photo/Gila Herald: Yards in the Riverback subdivision in western Pima were inundated with water as they retained a soaking that began early Wednesday morning. This photograph was taken in the early afternoon.

By Jon Johnson

PIMA – Early morning thunderstorms Wednesday led to a lot of standing water in Pima but no flooding, according to Pima Town Manager Vernon Batty. 

Rain gauges in parts of town showed more than 2 inches in a 24-hour period. Neighborhoods with water retention areas had ponds spring up overnight. 

Jon Johnson Photo/Gila Herald: Several areas had large swaths of standing water after the storm.

While two waves of thunderstorms swept through the area overnight, steady rain continued to fall throughout the morning. 

The deluge also prompted the closure of Bryce/Eden Road just east of the bridge due to water crossing the roadway.

Jon Johnson Photo/Gila Herald: Bryce Eden Road was closed just east of the bridge due to water in the roadway. The closure signs were still in place Thursday but the road was easily passable by Thursday afternoon.

For Safford, the Arizona Meteorological Network’s measuring station east of the city listed .17 of an inch of precipitation on Tuesday, Sept. 12, and .68 of an inch on Wednesday, Sept. 13, giving the area 5.22 inches of rain for the year so far. 

The measuring station listed the same amount for the area on Aug. 9, 2022, and the total for the year ended up being 8.48 inches. 

The station measured 9.75 inches of rain in 2021, 3.63 inches in 2020, 7.9 inches in 2019, and 8.75 inches in 2018.