** Update 1/21/10, 9:00pm. The pictures below were taken earlier today, before lunchtime. As of now (and a full day of rain), my backyard is 2 inches under water, but the water is still draining towards the street, drainage pipes, and greenbelts. I don't have statistics in front of me, but I don't remember getting as much rain at one time in a long time.. **
If you live in the suburbs, or any neighborhood in Greater Phoenix that was built in the last 20 years or so, you probably have some greenbelts or desert washes near your house. They’re great – open space, lush grass, sidewalks for bike riding and walking your dog – everybody loves them.
Wanna know a secret? They’re really for draining our heavy rainfall away from your house and into the local rivers. (ok, “heavy” and “rivers” might be a bit of a stretch..) We get to see them in action a couple times a year, and in all seriousness, it’s a pretty impressive system.
Your misses the heavy rains of the ‘80s and ‘90s Realtor,