Monsoon Season

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The City of Tempe encourages residents to be prepared for potential flooding. In the case of severe weather, this page will be updated with tips and information. If you've experienced storm damage, please visit Monsoon Central to report it. 

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BEFORE THE STORM
Monsoon Preparedness Checklist
Are you monsoon ready? Read this to know what to do before, during and after monsoon storms. 

Sandbags
 The City of Tempe has sand and bags available at two locations prior to major storm events: 

  • Tempe Field Operations, 55 S. Priest Drive (northeast corner of Priest Drive and Rio Salado Parkway) – south side of parking lot
  • Benedict Sports Complex, 490 W. Guadalupe Road (northwest corner of Guadalupe and Kyrene roads) – east side of parking lot

 

DURING THE STORM

News and Information
In the event of a severe weather alert, the City of Tempe will post news and information on this page. Check here for road closures, bus detours and other information. 

2015 Storm Information
No storm news at this time.

Street Closures & Restrictions
No storm-related road closures at this time.

Valley Metro Bus Routes & Detours
No storm-related detours at this time.

Flash Flood Safety

  • Flash floods are the #1 thunderstorm-related killer
  • Most flash flood deaths occur in vehicles
  • Moving water 1-2 feet deep will carry away most vehicles
  • Keep children away from creeks and washes when heavy rain is in the area
  • Be especially careful at night when water depth and road conditions are harder to see

Lightning Safety

  • No place outside is safe from lightning during a thunderstorm
  • Lightning can strike up to 10 miles away from a storm
  • If you hear thunder, lightning is close enough to strike you
  • Move inside a strong building or an enclosed hardtop vehicle
  • Avoid contacting inside wiring and plumbing during a thunderstorm; this includes appliances and corded phones
  • Stay in shelter for 30 minutes after the last thunder
  • If someone is struck by lightning, call 9-1-1 for help immediately

AFTER THE STORM

If you've experienced dangerous storm activity, please call 9-1-1 if it is an emergency, such as a downed power line or an injury. You may call the Tempe Police non-emergency number if it is not an emergency at 480 350-8311 anytime or call Tempe 3-1-1 at 480 350-4311 during business hours. 

Need help cleaning up? Call one of the city's pre-approved landscaping companies for professional assistance. Visit the Tempe Landscape Referral page for details.

MONSOON CENTRAL
In the event of a major storm, please report any storm damage you see using this link. This will help us take preventative measures for future years and will help us document damages to FEMA in the event of extreme weather. Follow this link to a map, place a virtual pin on it to let us know where damage occurred, give a short description of the damage and upload a photo, if you like.

Street and park flooding

Please report flooding that occurs in city streets and parks. The City cannot respond to flooding in residents' homes.  

Storm debris 

Please report storm debris that is blocking intersections, neighborhood streets or trees that have fallen at city parks. Important note: the City cannot respond to debris that has fallen on a resident's property. Residents have a few options for debris cleanup: 

1.) Chop up the debris and follow the Bulk Trash Collection guidelines and timelines for free collection. Please keep the debris in your yard until it is time for your bulk trash collection. 

2.) Chop up the debris and contact a landscaper for cleanup if you require a more immediate response. 

3.) In the event of a severe storm, check the city's News section and the top of this page for instructions from city staff. 

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