CASA GRANDE — Monsoon storms ripped through Pinal County Monday night and early Tuesday, blowing off roofs, felling trees and filling catchment basins.

The National Weather Service put out three alerts Monday night warning residents of thunderstorms with possible 80 mph winds, dust storms and flash flooding.

The Florence Post Office lost its metal roof in the storm. Pieces landed not only on Ruggles Street but on the other side of the American Legion across the street from the post office.

Tuesday morning the NWS’ Phoenix office reported gusts near 50 mph in the Casa Grande area with visibility dropping to about 6 miles at times.

The Pinal County Public Works Department’s rain gauges reported between 0.20 and 0.79 inch of rain in the Casa Grande area Tuesday morning. Nearly all of Pinal County got some rain, with Maricopa and Queen Creek getting the most at more than 1.85 inches near West Honeycutt Road near North Rose Road in Maricopa and 1.85 inches near North Gantzel Road and West Lone Star Lane in Queen Creek.

Arizona City saw between 0.75 and 0.83 inch, Coolidge saw about 1.22 inches and Florence between 0.63 and 1.02 inches.

Public Works also reported road closures due to flooding in the Arizona City, Oracle, San Tan Valley, Apache Junction and Casa Grande areas Tuesday morning.

In Arizona City, Sasco Road between Hollis Road and La Osa Ranch Road was closed due to the Santa Cruz River running. Flooding closed La Palma Road from Battaglia Road to Arica Road and Park Link Drive from Camino Adelante Road to Cattle Tank Road. Milligan Road was also closed due to the McClellan Wash running. Shedd Road from Sunshine Boulevard to State Route 87 and Houser Road between Sunshine Boulevard and SR 87 were also closed due to flooding.

In the Casa Grande area, the department reported that Arica Road between Russell Road and Midway Road and Houser Road between Hollinger Road and Thornton Road were closed due to flooding. Barnes Road near Stanfield was closed between Stanfield Road and Pala Road and Miller Road was closed from Stanfield Road to Murphy Road due to the Santa Rosa Wash running. Russell Road between Peters Road and Beggs Road and Midway Road between Cornman Road and Beggs Road were closed due to Greene Wash running.

In San Tan Valley, Empire Boulevard was closed between Ellsworth Road and Gary Road because of flooding.


Suzanne Adams-Ockrassa is a reporter covering the city of Casa Grande and the surrounding area, as well as Central Arizona College. She can be reached at