Freeway pumps had problems during Phoenix flooding

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX (AP) -- The Arizona Department of Transportation says its freeway pump system had problems during Monday's rain storms, aggravating flooding that closed part of Interstate 10 for hours.
 
Department spokesman Doug Nintzel says one pump's communications system failed to automatically tell workers that the pump's engine hadn't started. Nintzel says that delayed workers from reaching the site to turn on the pump's engine.
 
Dozens of cars were swamped by several feet of water on I-10 at 43rd Avenue in west Phoenix.
 
Nintzel says that part of I-10 likely would have flooded anyway because of the deluge but he says the pump's failure aggravated the situation.

Nintzel says some other pumps did turn on but couldn't keep up with the amount of water. He says some automatically switched off to avoid burning out.

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