Living in the Arizona desert
we are used to Monsoon rains during the summer.
But, yesterday morning Hurricane Norbert gave us a big wallop.
We broke all totals
for the wettest day on record.
The town of Chandler
where I live
received the highest amounts of rain
in all of Phoenix Metro
Our annual average is around 8-9 inches.
Yesterday we were drenched with 5.63" in just a few hours.
Photo of Interstate 10 by Michael Chow
"A new meaning to Car Pool"
Several Interstate freeways closed
Governor Jan Brewer declared State Of Emergency
Fortunately, our house was fine.
I walked down the street to our nearby park
and found a different story.
Our neighborhood parks
are built like a retention basin
and usually can handle the
sudden bursts of rain.
What normally serves as a soccer field
is now being used as a swimming pond
by the local children.
Even their dogs jumped in to play.
By evening several of our streets were still blocked
making it hard for some home owners
to get in and out of their driveways.
*although the major roads are now clear
Hopefully by today the water levels
will recede to a more manageable level.