The City of Yuma fared slightly better than some parts of the county following Tuesday’s storm and additional rain on Thursday, but the uncommon weather did leave its mark on various City departments. Most affected is Parks and Recreation.
Storm impacts parks, workloads
The City of Yuma fared slightly better than some parts of the county following Tuesday’s storm and additional rain on Thursday, but the uncommon weather did leave its mark on various City departments.
Most affected is Parks and Recreation, which has the following situations:
- The Yuma Valley Park is closed until Saturday, Sept. 12 due both to the rain and to planned maintenance. This affects both the soccer/football fields and the playground.
- Yuma Boys Baseball League is off for the rest of this week.
- Girls Fast Pitch Softball will not play today (Wednesday). They are still on for Thursday’s schedule, weather permitting.
- The Bark Park, Yuma’s only off-leash park for dogs, remains open despite the rain. The park also serves as a basin; however, water drained efficiently enough to where a park closure was not warranted.
Other City departments responded to Wednesday’s weather. The Yuma Fire Department had 36 responses between about 4:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Among these were responses to downed wires, one of which had someone trapped inside the car until power could be secured. YFD had extra staff on hand to assist with the call load. Then on Wednesday, Fire Station 3, 25th Street and Arizona Avenue, was used to assist APS for use as an ice distribution site for those without power.
City of Yuma Public Works staff members were also busy Tuesday, responding to numerous locations of street flooding, two of which required manual pumping operations. Those took place at 16th Street and the East Main Canal, and south of 24th Street near the East Main Canal. Staff also responded to 11 areas where loss of power temporarily affected traffic signals.