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Water Still Running In Cave Creek Day After Heavy Storms

A Maricopa County park ranger says during a normal monsoon season, Cave Creek usually has two flash floods.

Given the recent "non-soons," few would have expected two flash floods in the past week at a northern edge of the Valley.

Kevin Smith walked in water up to his shins on Thursday afternoon as he reassembled a plank bridge for hikers to cross the creek.

“I’ve done this a few times already this summer. It's kind of a constant,” said Smith, who is the interpretive ranger at Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area. He’s worked there for 15-plus years.

“So it’s been quite a dynamic monsoon season this year,” he said. 

Smith explained the water flows downhill from the northeast.

Maricopa County Flood Control data show nearly four inches of rain fell in the area near Seven Springs in the past week.

Matthew Casey has won Edward R. Murrow awards for hard news and sports reporting since he joined KJZZ as a senior field correspondent in 2015.