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8/31/2013 9:30:00 AM
Flooding blocks roads, strands drivers in Golden Valley
Butch Meriwether
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Top: A Golden Valley resident hooks a chain to a Dodge pickup that got stuck when the driver attempted to drive through a flooded area of Estrella Road on Friday. Bottom: A Golden Valley resident surveys the damage to his truck and trailer after he attempted to cross a flooded area on Egar Road in Golden Valley. It is estimated that more than 30 vehicles got stuck attempting to cross various flooded roads during the afternoon storm that hit Golden Valley.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Article comment by: gun owner 000

It's about time somebody enforced the "Stupid Motorist Law". Year after year, I've watched as the same morons drove into flooded washes and washed out roads. Some are lucky, and a "Good Samaritan" drags them out, some stand idly by as their car (or truck) gets washed away....All because they can't wait, or seek an alternate route. The most common explanation I've heard is, "I just live over there." (pointing across the flooded roadway)

Posted: Monday, September 2, 2013
Article comment by: Capt. Nice

The Truxton wash claimed another victim and to my knowledge it is the fourth since we have lived in the area...probably more I have not heard about.
I have tried getting our state representative to get something done about this dangerous crossing, but they just ignore the problem.
Unless they put up a barrier to stop traffic you cannot see the problem until your skidding up to it....which I have done.
Of course there are the stupids that in the day light think their vehicles can cross it, but one of these days it is going to cost a life and I wonder if our fearless leaders will pay attention.
Hackberry road is a very good short cut over to 89 and is used a lot, saving some of us 50 or more miles going to Phoenix instead of having to go to Kingman.
It would sure be nice if the State, county or who ever took this road seriously and did something about this terrible situation.
They did put in nice cattle guards for the Ranchers, so how about going a little further and do something about the wash!

Posted: Monday, September 2, 2013
Article comment by: maggie passaro

One of the few Az. statutes that I agree with is the "Stupid Motorist Law " . Arizona is such a melting pot of people from "other' places, why do all of them forget to pack thier Brain when they move here. And very often its the ones in their "TRUCKS" that think they can get thru.
No offense , but I have lived in Az all my life, born in phoenix, have driven all sorts of vehicles, in all the years of monsoons, as far south as Tucson when many roads were washed out and closed, and its drag to wait it out or to find another route, but NEVER have i gotten stuck, cuz I'm not stupid enough to try what I know can and will be a life threatening situation.
Hey maybe the fire dept, or sheriff's dept could have community meetings to teach people about a term known as HYDRO-PLANEING , and the extreme force of water per square inch.

Posted: Saturday, August 31, 2013
Article comment by: biker randy

When will they ever learn, oh when will they ever learn? PP&M

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