What are the Department of Transporation and Flood Control Dist. doing regarding swift water rescues? These emergency areas could indicate flooding issues that need to be addressed immediately. The results of my investigation indicates that no one bothers to look at these records. They are on the Sheriff's Dept's. daily list of complaints, so you have to know the date to be able to get a records number. The Sheriff's Dept. claimed that they send the records to DOT, so that they will clear the roads. So we have another "well-kept" secret in Pima County.

E-mail message to DOT and Flood Control:

Dear _______,

I keep getting reports that there were at least two swift water rescues at Alvernon and Sahuarita Rd. last year [2008]. What do your records show?

Nancy Freeman

Replies from the Public Agencies:

From: "Annabelle Quihuis" <Annabelle.Quihuis@dot.pima.gov>
To: "Nancy Freeman" <nancy.freeman@cox.net>
Sent: Friday, February 20, 2009 11:23 AM
Subject: RE: Request for public information

Hi Nancy.  I am guessing that the Sheriff's Department would have that information.

Annabelle Quihuis
Community Relations Manager


From: "Priscilla Cornelio" <Priscilla.Cornelio@dot.pima.gov>
To: "Nancy Freeman" <nancy.freeman@cox.net>
Sent: Friday, February 20, 2009 3:59 PM
Subject: RE: Request for public information

DOT doesn't do those. I would have no idea about if there were any.
Sherriffs perhaps would have a record.


From: "Suzanne Shields" <Suzanne.Shields@rfcd.pima.gov>
To: "Annabelle Quihuis" <Annabelle.Quihuis@dot.pima.gov>
Sent: Friday, February 20, 2009 3:47 PM
Subject: FW: Request for public information

We would not have this information.  Do you have it with road closure information, or does she need to contact the Sheriff's Office or fire district?

Suzanne Shields
Director and Chief Engineer
Pima County Regional Flood Control District

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