Just how big were the rains that fell over the Greater Phoenix Region in September? Large enough for President Barack Obama to approve federal assistance to both Maricopa and La Paz County.
The aid allows for 75% of costs associated with the storm to be reimbursed. This includes debris removal and the rebuilding of critical public infrastructure.
It’s not uncommon for Monsoon Season to come and go with barely a whimper but 2014 will be remembered for the ferocious storms that wreaked havoc on the area, dumping rain totals that were the highest since the area started keeping records and winds that caused extensive property damage.
Storms like the ones experienced in September remind Arizonans why it is so important to have stormwater management protocols in place. These require new developments to be built using technology such as MaxWell drywells for infiltration and encourage all properties to have a stormwater maintenance plan in place to keep their systems functioning properly.