Rains Damage Popular Ariz. Campground
Rose Canyon in the Catalina Mountains 33 miles northeast of Tucson, Ariz., remains shut down indefinitely after recent monsoon flooding left damaging effects in its wake, according to KVOA.com, Tucson.
Closures include 74 individual campsites, two group campsites and Rose Canyon Lake in the Coronado National Forest.
“On Saturday we had a lot of rainfall and a lot of rain was funneled down through this creek,” said Heidi Schewel with the U.S. Forest Service.
The floodwater ran right through the heart of the popular Rose Canyon campground.
“It’s a shame. It was a really nice area,” said visitor Alex Huerstel.
While there’s not much damage to the campsites, water washed away parts of the road.
“The road right now is accessible, but the damage has been done. If we put heavy traffic on this part, it would just not hold up,” Schewel said.
The storm dumped everything from upstream into the lake.
“It’s going to take some work to get this road put back, but we’re hoping to get it put back as soon as we can. We know this is where people want to be in the summertime,” Schewel said.