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It must be monsoon season here in Phoenix. I wasn't paying attention as I was sitting here in my Kitchenette doing some work, but then I noticed a huge bright light. That was a huge streak of Lightening!! I looked outside in the backyard and noticed it was raining. No, change that, it was pouring like crazy!! My family and I decided to walk around the house (inside) and see how the rain water ran off our roof. (In case you are wondering, we did end up buying a new house). I looked outside in the courtyard and saw that it was completely flooded and decided to take a few pictures just to share so you can see it really does rain here in Phoenix. I took these photos from my front door looking out into the courtyard.
This is courtyard that leads from the driveway to the front door. If you look at the picture that shows the window, you'll see an entry way that connects the front area (driveway) to the courtyard. That is totally flooded!!! I just took another peek to see how it is now (about 10 minutes since I took these two photos) and now the sidewalk leading to the front door is completely under water.
Congratulations on the new house.
Ron & John
Did you by any chance check the grading on your lot to ensure that water runs off properly? It seems that a lot builders here in the Valley tended to ignore this important concept during the building boom.
Yes, the grading was done correctly. The challenge is the courtyard is kinda enclosed. The home builder put in drainage "things" that go out to the front, but since the volume of rain was so great at the time, that was not draining effeciently. About 45 minutes after the rain stopped, the courtyard was clear of major standing water - I went and checked about 45 minutes after the rain stopped. It may have cleared sooner, but I know at the 45 minute mark, we were good.
The water level in the pool was also pretty darn high at the time.