Acacia District Update for August 20, 2014
Don’t Stress It, We Have Tools to Help you Clean Up
Many trees have been damaged in these recent monsoon storms, requiring pruning. For those who don’t have the necessary tools at hand, Peoria can help. If you need a lopper or hedger, the city has the tools to borrow for free. The Tool Lending Center (TLC) aims to assist homeowners, renters and neighborhood groups in undertaking landscaping projects, yard clean-ups, community rebuilding and other improvement projects. It is like the library – a selection of tools or equipment can be borrowed by residents for a limited period of time at no charge. The goals of the program are to support homeownership and maintenance, to assist in the revitalization of neighborhoods and encourage beautification of property. These tools look and are close to brand new. Equipment may be checked out on Thursdays from 7a.m. to 1 p.m. Equipment must be returned on Mondays from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, call the Neighborhood and Revitalization Section at (623) 773-7667. For more information, visit www.peoriaaz.gov/toollendingcenter.
Sand and Sand Bags Available at Peoria Fire Stations, Plus Important Storm Safety Tips
Monsoon season is in full swing, and it's important to be prepared. Flash floods are the most deadly part of thunderstorms, and many times flash flood-related deaths occur in vehicles. Moving water two-to-three feet deep will carry away most vehicles. Drivers need to be especially careful at night when water depth and road conditions are even harder to see. Remember if an area seems unsafe to cross it is better to find another route. When a heavy rain begins it is important to keep children out of and away from washes and canals. If driving in rain, slow down. Lack of rain in the valley can leave roads slick from oil build up. Monsoon storms frequently produce strong gusty winds that can generate dense blowing dust. If you are driving and a dust storm approaches, pull over, put your car in park, turn off your lights, and take your foot off the brake. Downburst winds can be as strong as 100 mph; these winds can cause serious injuries and property damage. If a storm approaches move inside and stay away from windows. Stay away from downed power lines. For more information, visit www.peoriaaz.gov/fire.