Rocky Point Recovers From Hurricane Rosa Flooding

Published: Thursday, October 4, 2018 - 6:37pm
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Efforts to repair damage from heavy rainfall from Hurricane Rosa are underway in Puerto Peñasco.
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Water is cleared off flooded streets in Rocky Point after heavy rain from Tropical Storm Rosa
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Rocky Point is one of several areas in northeastern Sonora that faced flooding after Tropical Storm Rosa made landfall earlier this week.

Puerto Peñasco — better known as Rocky Point to Arizona tourists — was doused with 4 inches of rain in just three hours Monday when the remnants of Hurricane Rosa made landfall as a tropical depression.

That’s about four-times the usual annual rainfall in the resort town, says Francisco Carrillo. He’s Rocky Point’s director of public safety.

“It’s a lot of rain for Peñasco,” he said “Our annual rain is 25 ml (1 inch), and in a few hours we got 100 ml (4 inches).”

He says the rain caused heavy flooding, affecting about 30 percent of the population, and damaging homes and roadways.

On Wednesday, the Sonoran government declared a state of emergency in the northeastern part of the state, including Rocky Point.

The damage had mostly been repaired as of Thursday. However, the road from Rocky Point to Caborca is still impassable, Carrillo said.

But tourists shouldn’t be deterred from visiting, he says, because the town’s hotels and beaches are open for business.

“It’s safe already. Everything is in order,” Carillo said. “Now we need to reactivate business, reactivate tourism and reactivate Puerto Peñasco. That’s what we’re working on.”

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