Storm causes major rock slide, damage at South Mountain Park

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Rock slide on South Mountain Park's Summit Road By Jennifer Thomas Rock slide on South Mountain Park's Summit Road By Jennifer Thomas
A wash adjacent to the main ranger station at South Mountain Park By Jennifer Thomas A wash adjacent to the main ranger station at South Mountain Park By Jennifer Thomas
A wash adjacent to the main ranger station at South Mountain Park By Jennifer Thomas A wash adjacent to the main ranger station at South Mountain Park By Jennifer Thomas
Rock slide on South Mountain Park's Summit Road By Jennifer Thomas Rock slide on South Mountain Park's Summit Road By Jennifer Thomas
Rock slide on South Mountain Park's Summit Road By Jennifer Thomas Rock slide on South Mountain Park's Summit Road By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX – Tuesday night's storm damaged South Mountain Park and an area of it remains closed due to a rock slide.

The storm caused a major rock slide on the park's Summit Road at approximately the 2-mile mark, according to David Urbinato with the Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department. Many boulders moved in the slide were 2 feet long by 1 foot wide.

"The debris field at its deepest point likely exceeded 6 feet," Urbinato said.

Six vehicles were trapped on the Summit Road by the slide. The Phoenix Fire Department transported these people off the mountain at approximately 9 p.m. No one was injured. By 10 a.m. Wednesday, crews had cleared a lane to allow these vehicles to be driven down.

Urbinato said the Central Avenue entrance to the park, including the Summit Road, is closed for debris removal and detailed inspection to ensure that the underlying roadbeds are still intact and were not undermined by runoff.

Some of the roadways in the park were reopened Thursday morning. Staff opened the main entrance road up to the 1-mile mark. Past that point, the road up to the summit and overlooks remain closed for continued cleanup.

The roadways that reopened Thursday morning allow access to the Big/Little Ramada areas and the parking areas for the Kiwanis and Ranger trails.