It is almost pointless to talk to someone in July when the temperature is 110 degrees about what happens in Phoenix when it rains. You want to point out how planned communities have drainage plans and retention basins, etc. The situation in the summer may be that no precipitation has been seen for months, so they wonder why you’re even bringing it up. Well, the last couple of day we’ve been drenched and now those plans and preparation are very much needed and appreciated. Meteorologists are even saying that we may see as much rainfall in this 5 day period as we saw all of last year! Yesterday there was even a tornado warning, and many roads have been closed because of flooding. The picture above is not a lake water feature for a subdivision. It may be for the time being, but actually it is a retention basin with grass in the community common area that accumualtes the runoff from storms such as the one we are having that has dumped over 3″ inches of rain in a 24 hour period in some parts of they valley.