Section of road collapses in Phoenix area under weight of runoff water
PHOENIX — A road in a Phoenix suburb collapsed Thursday morning under the weight of water flowing from the Salt River.
— Eric Petrone (@azmonsoon) March 2, 2017
A section of Gilbert Road at the Salt River in Mesa was underwater and in two pieces.
Salt River bottom flooding has led to several rd closures,including, Gilbert Rd,67th Ave, 91st Ave. Baseline is also closed at Wickenberg Rd
— Detour Dan (@DetourDanKTAR) March 2, 2017
The northbound lanes were scheduled to be closed for weeks.
Water has been rushing into the river from a scheduled runoff release by the Salt River Project.
Debris from the utility company’s release has also wound up in Tempe Town Lake. City officials closed the lake to water activity on Wednesday, but the grounds remained open.