Flood warnings issued in Maricopa County for Salt River dam releases

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The National Weather Service issued a flood warning alert on Sunday for parts of Maricopa County this week.

As upstream dam releases continue, flooding may be experienced throughout the Valley and is expected to last until 5 p.m. Friday.

Upstream dam releases on the Salt River will increase waterflow along the Gila River, likely resulting in flooding at low water crossings in Goodyear, Buckeye, Gila Bend, Painted Rock Dam, Cotton Center, Palo Verde, Liberty and Arlington.

Salt River releases continue to affect low water and unbridged crossing near Tempe Town Lake and include flooding at McKellips and Gilbert Roads and closures of 67th Avenue and 91st Avenue in Phoenix in the areas where they cross the Salt River.

Due to increased streamflow and strong currents, recreational areas in or near the Valley may experience flooding and dangerous water conditions. These include Tempe Town Lake, Blue Point, Pebble Beach, Salt River Tubing Recreation Areas, Fort McDowell, Needle Rock Recreation Site, Verde River Recreation Site and Riverside Campground just below Bartlett Dam.

For water releases coming from Painted Rock Dam, low water crossings and farm fields between the dam and Agua Caliente near the Maricopa and Yuma County lines may experience flooding.

The weather service urges caution if using recreational sites while the warnings are in place. They also urge drivers to not drive in flooded areas.

This article originally appeared on Arizona Republic: Flood warnings issued in Maricopa County for Salt River dam releases