- Mar 3, 2005
Last night the Lake Pleasant Regional Park, just north of Phoenix, suffered a devestating rainstorm which sent wild donkeys and coyotes scrambling for cover. Fellow campers and local residents alike struggled to secure awnings and stow lawn chairs, barbeque grills, and other personal items in a vain attempt to protect them from the ravages of this unexpected downpour. Some unidentified people were heard to exclaim "I'm not going out in this slop" and "We've been planning this family get-together for over a year, and now it's ruined." When contacted, Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano said she would seek to have the area declared a disaster area and would apply for federal funds to help feed, clothe and relocate the thousands of people affected. She also said that many people were buying bottled water at a dizzying rate, "But they appear orderly, and I don't forsee having to call out the National Guard." "Looting has been at a minimum", she added. Weather Service spokesman, Lester Agua Fria, said he had not seen anything like this in all his years of service and, because present equipment was unable to measure such a tremendous amount of water, could only estimate the severity of the storm. When quizzed, he reluctantly said: "Well, this is just a guess, but it had to be, uh, at least 31 drops of rain per square mile." Further details will be posted when they become available.