Landslides at Fish Creek Hill (SR88)

ADOT drone footage shows the extensive damage to Fish Creek Hill (SR-88) from landslides caused by monsoon rain on fire-scarred desert land.

In the aftermath of the Woodbury Fire, the Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team warned of the dangers of flooding due to scarred earth. Now, just one month after SR-88 reopened between Tortilla Flat and Apache Lake (August 30), landslides caused by last week’s monsoon rain have closed the road, yet again, between Tortilla Flat and Roosevelt Lake indefinitely.

ADOT engineers are assessing the roadway to determine what will be required to reopen it. According to a press release, ADOT is conducting this evaluation through the use of drones (see footage from the area around Fish Creek Hill).

Crews have re-established access from Apache Junction to Canyon Lake and Tortilla Flat, along a paved section of the state highway.

“At this time, there is no estimate on when Apache Trail will reopen between Tortilla Flat and Roosevelt Lake. Safety is our No. 1 priority. We’ll reopen this remote, unpaved stretch when it is safe to do so.”

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