By November 20, 2019

Heavy Rain Causes Flooding, Park Closures

Water spilled over fields and across the lower parking lot at Anthem Community Park Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 20. See more photos below. In&Out Publications Staff Photos

By Robert Roy Britt — The first notable rainstorm in nearly two months had dumped more than an inch in Anthem and across North Phoenix by mid-afternoon Wednesday, prompting a Flash Flood Warning until 3:30 p.m. by the National Weather Service. More downpours are expected tonight, with a Flash Flood Watch in effect until 11 p.m.

The rain flooded some streets and pooled in flat and low-lying areas, including on some parks and ball fields in Anthem. “Until further notice, all ACC-owned fields and the Dog Park are closed due to rain and standing water on the turf,” Anthem Community Council said in a statement.

The storms have so far dumped 1.5 inches on the west side of Anthem and 2 inches in a gauge just north of the community, according to the Maricopa County Flood Control District. Elsewhere, 1.5 inches fell in Tramonto, 1.1 inches in Sonoran Foothills, and an inch in Norterra.

More rain and showers are expected through Thursday in the Anthem area, the National Weather Service predicts, with a 100 percent chance of rain Tuesday night, heavy at times, and a 90% chance of showers on Wednesday.

This article first published on North Phoenix News.

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