Phoenix After a Couple of Inches of Rain

Once upon a time, a family moved to the Phoenix area from California. Driving down I-10, they came across a sign for the Salt River; below was nothing but dirt and rocks.

“Some river,” they said.

Two years later, that normally dry river had swollen well beyond its banks and taken out all but three bridges in town. The year after that, a second 100-year flood hit, the river swelled and all but two bridges connecting Phoenix to the east and west Valleys were swept away.

Fast forward three decades …

No bridges are in danger after this week’s rains totaling three to five inches depending on where you are in the Valley. Since most creeks and river beds are normally dry there’s more than enough capacity to handle the rain and the coming runoff.

Skunk Creek is a case in point … 11 months out of the year Skunk Creek is dry.

This is not that month.

This photo was taken this morning on Paradise Lane behind Ah-So restaurant just west of 75th Avenue. What normally is a dry river bed currently is anything but.

Last night we had all the weather related excitement you normally don’t have here in the Valley – horizontal rains, high winds, even a tornado warning for the fun of it all as a nasty line of storms rolled through the Phoenix area.

For the most part, we came through unscathed … soon the water will be gone and the grass and weeks will start to grow, the normally brown mountainsides will be all shades of green and yellow as the blossoms take hold.

Three to five inches of rain may not sound like much for most parts of the country but in an area where we average less than an inch a month, it’s quite the deluge.

The good news? Once the runoff starts from up north the reservoirs here will fill quickly, helping bolster our water supply even further.

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Jonathan Dalton

Jonathan Dalton is a 40-plus-year resident of the Valley and has been helping folks buy and sell homes since 2004. He can be reached at 602-502-9693 or info at