Cave Creek receives measurable rain as well as flooding and outages

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flooded cave creek Cave Creek was running at a fevered pitch on Tuesday leaving residents stranded on either side of the creek. This picture of the creek at the Morning Star Road crossing was typical of all the wash crossings throughout town.

CAVE CREEK – Tuesday’s storms brought more than a little much-needed rain to Cave Creek. After a couple nights of measurable rain saturating the ground, Tuesday morning’s downpour had Cave Creek and all the washes running full force, stranding residents on both sides without a safe means of crossing.

While Bill Payne and his son, both experienced kayakers, relished the opportunity to take to the creek on a little kayaking expedition, many residents were patiently waiting in their vehicles along School House and Spur Cross roads for the flood waters to subside so they could get to their homes.

A six-inch water main and a Southwest Gas line buried under Cave Creek in the vicinity of Cloud Road and 50th Street both ruptured during the storm, spewing gas and water geysers, as workers braved the elements to either cap them off or repair them.

Meanwhile, a power outage throughout the town core kept most businesses in the dark on Tuesday afternoon until APS could get power restored.

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