Many residents of a Gold Canyon neighborhood awoke to the sounds of chain saws and wood chippers on Tuesday morning after a strong monsoon storm moved through the area the night before.
A possible microburst, which is like a reverse tornado, may be responsible for dozens of downed trees in the community just east of Apache Junction and north of US-60.
Jack, a resident of the affected community had been out with his hand saw since dawn, cutting back a mesquite tree which had fallen across his driveway, narrowly missing his truck.
“I’m not going to take it out,” he said. “I just covered up the roots—it’ll grow back like a weed.”
Another neighbor reported that his backyard rain gauges measured 2.6 inches of rainfall in the two or so hours that the storm took to pass through.
The washes that snake through the community were raging from the night’s runoff.
The National Weather Service in Phoenix issued a severe storm advisory for northeastern Pinal County at around 9:30 p.m. and Apache Junction experienced high winds and heavy rainfall in isolated areas. No flooding was reported.
The City of Apache Junction encouraged residents to “prepare for the upcoming rainy season by clearing out brush, debris or trash from areas on their property where water flows. Those in established neighborhoods can also help by clearing retention areas, specifically those with grates, which trap floating material and cause local flooding.”