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Franco Wash Alerts

This is the MyAlerts message page for Franco Wash. It contains information about the messages that will be sent to folks who have signed up for MyAlerts messages within the Franco Wash floodplain as well as relevant flood safety information.

For up-to-date emergency information, check the Twitter feeds for the
 Pima County Office of Emergency Management and the Pima County Sheriff.

NOTE: Weather is unpredictable, so floods are too. We will occasionally be wrong, but that does not mean that the safety messages should be ignored.  It is your responsibility to use sound judgment in and around flood waters.  Please read the Disclaimer tab below for a more detailed explanation.

Flood Alert Messages

Messages and What They Mean

The following messages are examples of what you can expect to receive when the District observes flow at the stream gage for this area. Actual messages may vary slightly depending on conditions. For each example message we provide the stream gage discharge at which the message is expected to be sent and an explanation of the purpose of the message and actions you should take when you receive that message.

Current stream flow data can be obtained on the ALERT page for Gage 6213 (Google Chrome recommended, may not work with Internet Explorer).
 Stream Flow  Message  Explanation
 300 cfs
(cubic feet
per second)
Flood water in Franco Wash is rising at Swan Road.  At grade road crossings at Country Club, Summit, Old Creek and Old Vail Connection may be affected. Do not cross flooded roads. Visit http://webcms.pima.gov/government/transportation/road_closure_updates for updates. Be ready to take action if flooding continues to expand. At-grade crossings will be closed. Plan to travel on alternate routes. Flow may still be rising. Pay attention for future alerts and be prepared to take emergency action. Make sure your flood preparedness and evacuation supplies are handy.
 600 cfs Flooding on Franco Wash continues to rise and is expected out of banks.  Flooded homes possible. Expect hazardous road conditions. If emergency responders are present, follow their instructions. Be prepared to evacuate or shelter in place.  This may be the only notification you receive. If you are experiencing flooding and feel like you are in danger call 911. Flood waters continue to rise. Homes near the wash may be flooded. Be prepared to protect your home from flooding and/or evacuate before roads become impassable. Gather valuables and your flood preparedness supplies. 
2,800 cfs Flooding at historic levels. Flooded homes and hazardous road conditions expected. Other washes in the area expected to be flowing as well, creating additional travel and access issues. Flood waters expected to reach full extent of the inundation area shown on the map on the Inundation Map tab. Exercise extreme caution if you evacuate. Road conditions may be hazardous. Travel in the area may be extremely difficult. It may be necessary to shelter in place.

Flood Safety

Flood waters on Franco Wash can arrive quickly, with little warning. So it is extremely important that you plan ahead and take appropriate safety precautions. General flood safety information and ideas can be found on our Be Flood Safe web page.

Specific Flood Safety Information For Franco Wash

The lack of all-weather roads in this area makes travel extremely difficult and potentially hazardous. Proceed with extreme caution. Do not cross flooded washes. Where Franco Wash crosses Old Vail Connection Road is especially dangerous.


NOTE: The alerts provided err on the side of caution. It is possible that you may receive a warning and the events described do not occur. This is, in part, because floods in Pima County can develop so quickly that we have to anticipate possible events early in order to give the public reasonable time to react to the potential threat. In addition, there are many factors that affect the extent of flooding that are unpredictable. Flood damage may be lower or higher than what we expect. The District strives to provide the best possible information based upon the best available data and is not liable for errors. No message can guarantee your safety.

We will occasionally be wrong, but that does not mean that the safety messages should be ignored.  It is your responsibility to use sound judgment in and around flood waters.