Avra Valley residents say barricades weren't up the night a woman was swept away

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Avra Valley residents say barricades weren't up the night a woman was swept away

CREATED Sep. 12, 2012

Reporter: Alexis Fernandez

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - If you live near a wash, chances are you’ve probably seen a permanent warning sign on one of your daily commutes, or barricades when a wash is flooded.

But some residents who live in Avra Valley say that’s not the case in their area, and want more warnings.

“They should have more signs saying you should not enter,” said Amy Beaman.

Several locals have said barricades were not put up the night 52-year-old Angelina Carrasco died when she was swept away in the Brawley Wash.

“I don’t know if they were up or not, but you also have to take into account we may have set barriers further down the road, when we were not able to get to a particular location, so there’s a lot of factors that go into this,” said Deputy Tom Peine, with the Pima County Sheriff’s Department.

So when are barricades supposed to go up? Peine says it depends on how unsafe the road is.

“When you look at the size of Pima County, we’re one of lager counties in the U.S. so we have a lot of area to cover,” he said.

He says it’s just not possible to cover all of them.

“We have to rely on motorists to make a judgment call, use common sense as we have always said,” he said.

Chris Marmon has lived in the area his entire life; he says resident want bridges to be over roads deemed unsafe during the flooding season.

“I think some things need to get prioritized, some things do get prioritized, and some are overlooked, like this,” he said.

But deputies say that isn’t happening anytime soon.