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Wild monsoon storms Friday bring lightning, rain, dust and power outages

Date: 7/30/2016 12:45:00 AM

Lake Pleasant was cleared of boats due to the storm. Four- to five-foot waves were reported. MCSO says there was also a big pileup on the boat ramp. Two boats have sunk. No injuries were reported. By 8 p.m., curb-to-curb flooding was reported near the 101

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Severe monsoon thunderstorms cause power outages, flight delays in Valley

ABC 15 Taking Action

Date: 7/30/2016 12:03:00 AM

The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office said strong wind gusts and waves caused a 10-boat pileup at Lake Pleasant's Pleasant Harbor boating dock. Two boats sunk, including one that was still on the water. Deputies had to rescue people from that boat

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Dust, rain and hail pummel Arizona during Friday storms


Date: 7/29/2016 8:39:00 PM

And gusts of more than 50 miles an hour were reported at the Lake Pleasant North Weather Station. Heavy rain and hail fell on I-17, south of Camp Verde, catching drivers off guard. The National Weather Service tweeted out: "I-17 is a mess right now

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Evergreen Development acquires parcel by Fry’s Marketplace at Happy Valley Road

Peoria Times

Date: 7/29/2016 12:30:00 AM

Lake Pleasant Parkway, on the northeast corner of Happy Valley Road and North Lake Pleasant Parkway in Peoria. Evergreen plans to break ground on the planned 7,550-square-foot multi-tenant building this month. The Shops at Lake Pleasant are already 70

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Four attending sheriffs’ summer camp program


Date: 7/28/2016 6:01:00 AM

LAKE PLEASANT--Hamilton County Sheriff Karl Abrams announced on July 25 that four children from Hamilton County are attending the New York State Sheriffs’ Association Institute’s 2016 Summer Camp. The Sheriffs’ Summer Camp is designed to provide a

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• River: Agua Fria River
• Length: 114 Miles
• Surface Area: 9,222 Acres
• Volume: 688,500 Acre Feet
• Drainage Area: 1,459 Square Miles
Lake Pleasant, one of the important artificial reservoirs surrounding the Phoenix metropolitan area. Created by the Waddell (Pleasant) Dam, which was finished in 1927, the lake originally had a surface area of 3,700 acres and served as a private irrigation project. At 76 feet high and 2,160 feet long, the original Waddell Dam was, at its completion, the largest agricultural dam project in the world. The lake was filled by the Agua Fria River, capturing a large watershed throughout Yavapai County.

Construction of the Central Arizona Project Aqueduct, which began in 1973, soon diverted water from the Colorado River to the lake, converting the lake from an agricultural project into a storage reservoir for the project. Completed in 1994, the New Waddell Dam tripled the surface area of the lake, submerging the old dam beneath its waters. Shortly after the completion of the dam, the area experienced a prolonged drought, and while the lake grew considerably it would not reach full capacity until early 2005. Although still fed by the Agua Fria River, the CAP aqueduct is the primary source of water for the reservoir.

Lake Pleasant is used as a major water sports recreation center for the Phoenix metro area, as well as serving as an important storage reservoir for the rapidly growing region. A number of boat docks and beach access make the lake a popular destination for scuba diving, water skiing, jet skiing, sailing, windsurfing and other water sports.
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