The Flood Of A Century

Jonathan Zerby, Cactus Contributor

On Monday September 8, Arizona had the largest recorded rainfall within a hundred years. Arizona usually receives ap­proximately 7 inches of rain­fall total for the year. By the end of the day on Monday, we received over 5 inches of rain­fall — in just that day. It didn’t start off as a normal Monday morning. I remember the day started off raining. I was ex­cited and overjoyed for the rain, until I turned on the TV to see the I-10 flooded. People were stranded in their cars on the freeway and could not move or get out and it just continued to rain more. By 7:00 am the I-10 was fully flooded into a river. The wa­ter level was so high you could barely see the stranded cars. The only part of the cars you could see were the roofs. Gov­ernor Jan Brewer announced a statewide emergency for the areas affected and stated that all non-essential government personnel should stay home.

Since my classes were can­celed I decided to do some investigating at the San Tan Campus, to see if the cam­pus had any problems and if classes were still continuing through the morning. While driving up to the entrance, I saw an enormous amount of rainfall blocking the front en­trance. Most trucks and lifted SUVs’ didn’t have much of a problem getting through, but for the small sedans it was a rough ride. I took some pic­tures of cars trying to get through and enter the cam­pus. By this time the rain had stopped for a while.

Some of the teachers had canceled classes, but I noticed some were not letting the rain stop them. Students were still working in the library and studying throughout areas of the campus. After an hour of peace, the rain started to pick up again. A CAC staff mem­ber came into the building I was in and announced that they were closing the campus. I was surprised, not from the school closing, but that it took so long. Well I guess it goes to show that even when complications arise, a students’ drive to learn is more important than rain and that’s great!} else {