Incredible images: Concrete wash collapses, stranding nearby residents
PALOMINAS, Ariz. (KGUN9-TV) - When residents along South Paloma Trail see rain hovering over the mountains, they know it is only a matter of time before the stormy waters flood the wash below.
"It doesn't look like much when it's coming around that corner but when it comes to this point, you can hear it. It's just roaring. It's about [a] three-foot high wall of water," longtime Palominas resident Michael Stoner told 9OYS as he pointed to the nearby mountain range.
Neighbors say it's a non-stop battle. With each powerful storm, bits of the concrete crumble. The concrete wash is the only roadway in and out of the Palominas neighborhood.
They say it has never been this bad.
"There's no way. There's literally no way, its impassable," Stoner continued.
"So we couldn't get out because of the mud everywhere and now we definitely can't get out because there is no road! [We're] literally trapped," resident Marie Boston said.
"Yeah, [we're] literally trapped in here. There is no way to get to work, no way to get food gas or nothing," Boston's husband added.
Wednesday night's monster monsoon eroded away nearby hillsides, eventually crushing the concrete wash into massive slabs.
Paloma Trail is a private road. Meaning, the county is not responsible for repairs and maintenance.
Now, neighbors are stuck. Some residents are unable to get home while others trapped on the other side of the monsoon mess are unable to leave.
Brothers, Robert and Michael Stoner, have called Palominas home for several years. They've teamed up with neighbors and spent thousands trying to fix the road.
"We've been trying to maintain it and keep it up but we've only got so much money to throw at this," Robert Stoner said while sitting in a backhoe, trying to improvise a fix.
"We're all normal families that live paycheck to paycheck basically. So, we can only do so much," he continued.
Although the road is private, U.S. Border Patrol uses it as an access point. Nine On Your Side called the agency but have not heard back.