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Snowmelt and flooding impacting Maricopa County’s Regional Park system

Published: Thursday, March 30, 2023 - 1:04pm
Updated: Thursday, March 30, 2023 - 3:12pm
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Arizona is seeing floods across the state as major rainfall coupled with snowmelt prompted controlled dam releases. 

But all that water is bringing debris to Maricopa County’s Regional Park system.

Large and broken branches, along with muddy water, are entering in mostly the northern part of Lake Pleasant from the Agua Fria River.

Dawna Taylor with the Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department says people who are recreating on the water should take precautions and wear life jackets. 

“Most of the stuff that is coming down is natural so we’re going to let Mother Nature take its course. It’s either going to sink to the bottom of the lake or it’ll float to the shoreline. However, if there are some logs, really large logs out there, we will go out and have our team pull them to the shoreline. And if it’s not an organic material we’ll bring in that as well," Taylor said.

Taylor says the debris is expected to continue as long as the snow is melting.