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Maricopa County Light System Warns Drivers Away From Floods

Old Stage New River
(Photo courtesy of Latonya Jordan Smith - Maricopa County Flood Control District)
New flood warning device at Old Stage Road at New River.

Maricopa County has installed two new flashing devices at roads meant to warn motorists not to continue if the road is flooded.

The lights are being implemented at unincorporated Maricopa County roads with the two most recent at Bartlett Lake Road at Camp Creek Wash and Old Stage Road at New River.

"The installation of the lights, added on to the signage that was there, are early warning for drivers that will trigger if the water flow in that area reaches about 12 inches or more, they’ll start flashing automatically,” said Latonya Jordan Smith with the Maricopa County Flood Control District.

Smith said the locations of the next two light systems have been determined but not released yet. 

Daniel Perle rejoined the KJZZ team in May 2019, after interning during the summer of 2017.A recent graduate of Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Perle served as the editor-in-chief of the online student-run newspaper, the Downtown Devil, and as the news director for Blaze Radio, ASU’s student-run station. While in school, Perle reported on enterprise topics such as former Arizona Cardinals players suffering from the aftermath of their careers in football and the process which felons in Arizona must go through to restore their right to vote.When he’s not in the newsroom — and probably when he’s in it — Perle is scrolling through Twitter. Other than that, he enjoys reading Kurt Vonnegut novels and practicing his three-point shooting.