Flash Flooding knocks out bridge on I-10, Blocking Access Between Phoenix and Los Angeles
In our last post, we spoke about the Arizona Monsoons and the flash flooding our monsoons bring. Yesterday, July 19, 2015, a flash flood in the California desert, just 50 miles west of the AZ – CA border, knocked out the Tex Wash bridge on Interstate 10, closing both the east and west bound lanes and blocking a major artery between Phoenix and Los Angeles. Motorists were stranded for hours in the desert, most having to turn back and find an alternative route. Meanwhile, the I-10, a heavily traveled highway between two major American cities is closed indefinitely.
As reported in AZ Central and USA Today, a truck traveling east bound on I-10 over the Tex Mex wash when the bridge collapse, was left dangling on the side of the wash where the bridge once stood. Other motorists used straps to secure the pick-up truck and prevent it and its passengers from falling into the rising flood waters until emergency crews arrived. The motorist had moderate injuries from the accident.
Remember! When traveling through desert regions, always have extra water and food in your vehicle! Be safe out there!