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Stormwater damages lining of CAP canal near Picacho Peak

Stormwater damages lining of CAP canal near Picacho Peak

The Central Arizona Project canal meanders past Pichacho Peak.

Runoff from the weekend’s storms damaged some of the lining of the Central Arizona Project canal after the stormwater entered the canal near Interstate 10 and Picacho Peak Road.

“The storm water entering the canal system damaged a number of our concrete liner panels and caused some other localized issues, but there does not appear to be an imminent danger of failing the canal system,” CAP spokeswoman DeEtte Person said Monday.

“It will need to be restored,” she said, “but we can do so without disrupting water operations or deliveries to our customers.”

The canal delivers drinking water to the Tucson and Phoenix metro areas and irrigation water to numerous Pinal and Maricopa County farmers.

Washes and canyons have been flowing strongly around Tucson after seeing the wettest monsoon season on record through July 25, according to the National Weather Service.

This video shows rushing water nearing its peak in Sabino Canyon the morning of Sunday, July 25.

Video courtesy Coronado National Forest.

Contact Tony Davis at 520-349-0350 or tdavis@tucson.com. Follow Davis on Twitter@tonydavis987.


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