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Storm Update: Tuesday, Sept. 1, 3:30 p.m.:

Last night’s storm caused extensive damage, particularly in the northern areas of Tempe. Emergency response crews responded to multiple calls for stuck elevators, power lines down, transformer fires and gas leaks. City crews began assessing damage from fallen trees and flooding last night and the cleanup effort is still underway. Please read below for important information and tips on how to be prepared for the next big storm.

STORM DEBRIS CLEANUP FOR RESIDENTS IN HARDEST HIT AREA

The Solid Waste Division will conduct a special green organics collection beginning Tuesday, Sept. 8 to remove storm debris and fallen trees in the hardest hit areas. Residents who live between Priest and Rural, from Rio Salado Pkwy to Broadway can call Tempe 311 at 480-350-4311 to schedule a collection. Please call between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. NO LATER than Monday, Sept. 7. Please leave a message with your address if calling after hours or over the weekend.

Once you’ve scheduled your service, follow these guidelines to ensure prompt, efficient collection:

  • This collection is for green organic storm damage only (trees and shrubs) – bulk trash WILL NOT be collected. Call Tempe 311 for disposal options for non-green organic material. 
  • Cut debris into pieces no bigger than 4 feet long. Uncut debris will not be collected. 
  • Curbside collection: Move debris away from your yard and to the curb.
  • Alley collection: Make sure debris does not block the alley and there is plenty of room for the collection vehicles to maneuver.
  • Have your material out NO LATER than 5:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 8 to avoid missing the service. Crews will not return to an area once they have cleared it.
  • Small leaves and pine needles should be raked and placed in boxes, paper bags or compostable bags. No plastic lawn bags since they cannot be composted.
  • This collection is for single-family homes only. People living in apartments or multifamily units should contact their property managers.

STORM CLEANUP COLLECTION AREA MAP: 

 storm cleanup map 

Residents in need of assistance with cutting the debris can utilize the Tempe Landscape Referral to find an approved contractor. Residents living outside the special collection area can also use this service for assistance with storm cleanup. For more information, call Tempe 311 at 480-350-4311.

STORM DAMAGE UPDATE

  • The Tempe Town Lake Pedestrian Bridge is closed due to significant damage to the canopies and is not expected to reopen for several days. The integrity of the bridge structure is not impacted.  
  • The Tempe Center for the Arts remains open to the public and all events are on as scheduled. The TCA did suffer roof damage and lost more than 90 trees as a result of the storm. 
  • 12 city parks experienced tree damage, with Daley and Jaycee suffering the most. 
  • Power has been restored at Rolling Hills Golf course, which also experienced roof damage and interior leaks due to fallen trees. 

BEFORE THE STORM

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. 

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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