Scientists Say Arizona Nearly Flush With Water

Published: Friday, February 24, 2017 - 5:00am
Updated: Friday, February 24, 2017 - 8:36am

After suffering through a six-year drought, scientists say it appears Arizona is nearly flush with water.

SRP hydrologist Stephen Flora said snow in the higher elevations has mostly melted — straight into our state reservoirs. He credits it to the two storms that rolled in dumping rain and snow from the Pacific these past two months. 

"We haven’t gotten near as much as California, but with the current situation, we’re projecting Roosevelt to get about 80 percent full,” Flora said.

In mid-December, he said the water level in that lake hovered around 35 percent full. We’re at 98-percent capacity at the two Verde reservoirs, which is why SRP is releasing overflow into the normally dry Salt River beds around the Valley.

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