Heavy rains cause fissures to reopen in Apache Junction

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(Source: Arizona Geological Survey) (Source: Arizona Geological Survey)
(Source: Arizona Geological Survey) (Source: Arizona Geological Survey)
(Source: Arizona Geological Survey) (Source: Arizona Geological Survey)
APACHE JUNCTION, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

Heavy monsoon rains caused flooding in Apache Junction on Sunday and Monday and now those rains have caused large cracks, known as fissures, to open up in the ground. 

The Arizona Geological Survey (AZGS) said that the flooding reactivated several earth fissures 3 miles southwest of Apache Junction.

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The reopening of the fissures closed Houston Avenue and damaged some nearby industrial sites.

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AZGS' earth fissure project manager, Joe Cook said the reopening of fissures is common after heavy rain.

"Continued reactivation/collapse along mapped earth fissure traces is common following heavy monsoon rains such as those in the east Valley on July 23-24, 2017. The fissure zone in Apache Junction stretches more than 2 miles from near Baseline and Meridian roads to south of West Guadalupe Road. The fissure complex underlies busy paved roads, state trust land, private property and large power lines," Cook said.

Officials will continue to monitor these fissures. No word yet on when Houston Avenue will reopen.

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