News Update!!: Colorado River Tri-State: Aftermath from the storms.

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News Update!!: Colorado River Tri-State: Aftermath from the storms.

The Colorado River Tri-State area is cleaning up the mess left over from storms that brought heavy rain, thunder and lightning, and gusty winds over San Bernardino County, California, Mohave County, Arizona, and Clark County, Nevada on Friday, July 17th, 2015 and Saturday, July 18th, 2015 and even lead to a “Boiled Water Order” in Laughlin, Nevada and caused major flooding and damage in Wickenburg, Arizona.

Communities began to clean up the mess and heal from their injuries caused by the storm that came down onto Needles, California on Friday, July 17th, 2015.

ZachNews has learned the identity of the man who was reportedly struck by lightning at Pirate Cove Resort and Marina in Needles, California.

ZachNews was contacted by Aubry Sterk on Facebook, and tells ZachNews that the man who was struck by lightning was 35 year old Jonathan Thorpe from Littlerock California.


According to Aubry Sterk, Jonathan Thorpe was sent to hospital’s emergency room in Bullhead City, Arizona

Aubry Sterk sent ZachNews this picture of Aubry Sterk as he was in the hospital being treated from his injuries.

According to Aubry Sterk, Jonathan Thorpe stayed over night and was released in the morning of Saturday, July 18th, 2015 with 3rd degree burn were electrical current entered neck and exited near armpit singed body hair while on seadoo appeared as if he was having a seizure.

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Meanwhile, towing crews were seen cleaning up and towing away big rig truck to flipped over on its side along eastbound Interstate 40 in Needles, California, work crews pick up some of the damage at River Edge Golf Course in Needles, California, and motorist drive around the K Street Underpass that remained closed because of flooding from the storm which the flood water reaching the morals that the senior class from Needles High School painted in June 2015.

All of this mess was caused by a storm, possibly a microburst, that hit Needles, California at around 7:00pm PT on Friday, July 17th, 2015.


ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez capture the gusty winds blowing pass the McDonald’s restaurant in Downtown Needles, California as customers and staff watch and taken cover of the gusty winds and hard rain hitting the community.

** Video: Downtown Needles, CA: 7-17-2015: Microburst.: **

As the storm passed, ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez ran into the storm and captured the following mess and damages caused by that storm in Needles, California.

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– Storm related damage; at this moment, the storm caused the roof of the old Relax Inn Motel on Needles Highway at T Street to blow off into a back parking lot and into a use car dealership, landed on a trailer, and near a chain link fence on Race Street just north of the motel which has been closed to the public for years.

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The storm caused some of the roof of the Active Towing and West Point Auto on Needles Highway at R Street to blow over and some of the roofing was found on the ground in the driveway area. 

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The storm caused damage to a roof and overhang roof at River Edge Golf Course off of Marina Drive in Needles, California.


The storm caused damage to a sheet metal wall of the Toe Truck Storage Yard near Goodwill Street and East Broadway in Needles, California to be blown off and down.

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The storm caused some roof damage at Camdan Recycling on East Broadway near Smith Road in Needles, California to be blown off and bent their business sign too.

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There were a few trees branches and 2 tall trees that came down at Jack Smith Memorial Park in Needles, California.


A large tree came down next to the softball field at Nikki Bunch Memorial Field off J Street near Bailey Avenue in Needles, California.

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A few tree branches at River Edge Golf Course just north of River Road in Needles, California.

– Storm related emergency rescues and incidents; the storm had first responders busy as San Bernardino County Swift Water Rescue Crews were called to reports of people stuck in vehicle rising water just north of the California and Nevada state line. Reports over police scanner also reported vehicles on flooded Needles Highway which had to be closed to traffic between Park Drive in Needles, California to the California and Nevada state line.


There was reports that people were struck by lightning during the storm on Friday, July 17th, 2015 near the Needles Marina R.V. Park area in Needles, California.

According to Bernie Deyo ‏(Twitter Username: @EPN473) tweeted on Twitter, “Listening to the feed for the #NorthFire & it sound sounds like #SBCoFD has 1 or more people struck by lightning in #Needles #BreakingNews”

Bernie Deyo ‏(Twitter Username: @EPN473) later tweeted on Twitter, “Update: Sounds like 1-3 people were struck by lightning at the #Needles Marina Units not on scene yet Storms in the area. #BreakingNews”

Residents began to ask ZachNews if there was a person or child hit by lightning during the storm.

ZachNews began contacting the San Bernardino County Fire Department to get more information, and on Monday, July 20th, 2015, received more information regarding this lightning strike call. 

According to the San Bernardino County Fire Department, ME31 (Medic Engine 31) did receive reports of a man hit by lightning at approximately 7:30pm PT. An approximately 30 year old male was near a Jet Ski on the beach at the Pirate Cove Resort and Marina in Needles, California when lightning struck the Jet Ski or near it. Bystanders helped the individual to their boat and transported him to the Needles Marina R.V. Park in Needles, California where they were met by ME31 and MA31. According to the personnel on scene, the man did not appear to be struck by lightning, but was exhibiting signs of a possible exposure to it. He was then transported to a hospital.

The man’s identity and condition was not available to ZachNews at that moment.




The California Highway Patrol were busy too as the storm caused a big rig truck to flipped over on its side along eastbound Interstate 40 between the D Street Bridge and East Broadway in Needles, California.

According to the San Bernardino County Fire Department, emergency personnel responded to quite a few calls including the tractor trailer trucks rollover on Interstate 40 near J Street in Needles, California. When ME31 (Medic Engine 31) arrived on scene, they found a tractor trailer on its side with power lines down.

Traffic was backed up on eastbound Interstate 40 pass J Street in Needles, California.

According to the San Bernardino County Fire Department, the Needles Electric Utility was called to render the power lines safe.


– Storm related power outages and utility pole damages; several utility poles were blown down on the south side and north side of Interstate 40 just before East Broadway in Needles, California.

The utility lines came down onto Interstate 40 where a big rig truck was also blown over during the storm along eastbound Interstate 40 just before East Broadway in Needles, California.

According to the San Bernardino County Fire Department, the Needles Electric Utility was called to render the power lines safe.

ZachNews has learned that power was out at the Dollar Tree Store and there were power outages on the north side of Needles, California along Needles Highway.


– Storm related flooding and closures; the storm caused flooding along West Broadway near Front Street and east of A Street in Needles, California. 


The storm caused flooding along the right turnoff from eastbound Needles Highway onto southbound West Broadway in Needles, California.


The storm caused flooding at the K Street underpass near Front Street in Needles, California as well as at the Smith Road underpass where a wash meets.


The storm caused flooding along Needles Highway in Needles, California.

According to the San Bernardino County Fire Department, the storm caused a washouts of several areas of Needles Highway between River Road and the cutoff to the Avi Resort and Casino in Laughlin, Nevada.

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) as well as the California Highway Patrol were notified to shut down that stretch of Needles Highway.

The storm also caused flooding Highway 95 south of Needles, California and along Highway 95 near Goffs, California and north of the railroad tracks.

According to California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) District 8, Highway 95 from Interstate 40 to the California and Nevada state line was blocked in both directions by flooding and mudslide.

According to information from the National Weather Service, the storm brought into Needles, California wind gust over 60 mph.

Around the Colorado River Tri-State area, the storm of Friday, July 17th, 2015 also caused problems and mess for communities along the Colorado River as well as in mountain communities.

In Topock, Arizona, 1.46 feet of water flowed down the Lower Sacramento Wash causing Route 66 to be closed.

There was reports over the police scanner reported mud, rocks, and debris washed onto County Highway 1 near Topock, Arizona.



In Mohave Valley, Arizona, NicholeandJoseph Scarbo sent into ZachNews this picture of flooding occurring on their friend’s street.

In Laughlin, Nevada, the storm caused Bruce Woodbury Drive between Thomas Edison and Casino Drive to be closed because of mud, rocks, and debris washed into the roadway by the storm water running down the hill toward heading to the Colorado River.

High winds from the storm snapped a number of distribution utility poles down knocking out power to thousands of Mohave Electric Cooperative customers.

As the storm of Friday, July 17th, 2015 moved east into Arizona, another storm moved into the Colorado River Tri-State area on Saturday, July 18th, 2015 causing more mess and problems on top of the other storm.

In Laughlin, Nevada, the heavy rainfalls, floodings, and runoffs from both storms lead to authorities issued a “Boiled Water Order”.


** Picture from Liz Kellogg ‏(Twitter Username: @CountryinAZ): **

According to NBC affiliate KSNV Channel 3, the Big Bend Water District issued a Boiled Water Order on Saturday for all users in Laughlin because of high turbidity within the Colorado River near Davis Dam, caused by heavy rainfall Friday night.

Drinking water was available at the Laughlin Regional Government Center on Saturday and will available Sunday, July 19th, 2015, but no hours for Sunday distribution were provided.

The America Red Cross were seen distributing bottled drinking water in residents and tourist of Laughlin, Nevada.

According to the Big Bend Water District, the Big Bend Water District routinely monitors your water for turbidity (cloudiness or sediment suspended in water) as a water quality parameter to test the effectiveness of Laughlin’s water treatment system. Water samples taken July 18, 2015 showed turbidity levels of 5-7 turbidity units, which was above the allowed limit of 1 turbidity unit by safe drinking water standards. The high turbidity was caused by floodwater flowing into the Colorado River. Exceeding this standard necessitates this Tier 1 Public Notification in accordance with state and federal laws. Turbidity has no health effects; however, it can interfere with water treatment processes and provide a medium for microbial growth. Turbidity may indicate the presence of diseasecausing organisms, including bacteria, viruses, and parasites that can cause symptoms such as nausea, cramps, diarrhea and associated headaches.

More information regarding the Boiled Water Order is at the following Big Bend Water District website addresses: **

According to Big Bend Water District, the Boiled Water Order remained in effect as additional sampling continues.

Residents are being instructed to boil all water and to limit excessive use of water.


** Picture from Cyndi Snyder: **

The worst damage was to in Wickenburg, Arizona where flooding from heavy rain fall caused major damage.


** Pictures from NBC affiliate KPNX Channel 12: **

According to NBC affiliate KPNX Channel 12, 2 washes overflowed after the downpour, sending rushing water through streets and neighborhoods causing homes to flooded, several structures destroyed, and vehicles to become trapped.


** Picture from Katey Rusch ‏(Twitter Username: @KateyRusch): **

The flooding caused authorities to closed both directions of U.S. 60 in Wickenburg, Arizona.


** Picture from Matthew Pace ‏‏(Twitter Username: @DrMatt12News): **

The America Red Cross reportedly set up a shelter for anybody affected by the flooding at the Wickenburg Community Center at 160 Valentine Street in Wickenburg, Arizona.


** Picture from Krystle (Twitter Username: @12NewsKrystle): **

Non-profit Arizona Equine Rescue Organization, Inc. (A.E.R.O.) is reportedly helping horses after Wickenburg, Arizona flood.

To help, please call the Arizona Equine Rescue Organization, Inc. at: 1 (602) 538-0416.

At this moment, no injuries or deaths have been reported, and nobody has been reported missing nor have any water rescues been conducted.

Earlier reports that close to 4 inches of rain fell on Wickenburg, Arizona during late afternoon and early evening storms on Saturday, July 18th, 2015.


** Picture from the Arizona Public Services Company: **

Arizona Public Services Company confirms that 52 power poles poles were down in the Wittman, Arizona and Wickenburg, Arizona areas, and work crews are assessing damage and to restor power to an estimate 2,000 customers who were without power.

The storm on Saturday, July 18th, 2015 also caused problems to communities around the Colorado River.



** Pictures from Marianna ‏(Twitter Username: @OhMariWesternWX): **

In Parker Strip, Arizona, mud rocks and debris in the road in some spots and water flowed by Riverside Drive as vehicles approached.


** Picture from Jillian Danielson ‏(Twitter Username: @missjillian1): **


** Picture from Victoria Isabell ‏ ‏(Twitter Username: @VicGonzalez0): **

The storm the approached the Lake Havasu City, Arizona bring dark clouds and rain over the area as boaters were on the lake.

In Forest Falls, California, a bus driving along Highway 38 reportedly hit rocks near Valley of the Falls Drive at around 3:00pm PT caused by a mudslide from the storm.

According to the San Bernardino County Fire Department, nobody was injured and a lane on Highway 38 was closed for about an hour as California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) Crews worked to move the bus and clean up the mess.

All of these storms were from some of what was once Hurricane Dolores near mexico that then moved north and northeast into California, Arizona, and Nevada.

More stormy activity is still planned for Sunday, July 19th, 2015 and people should prepare is case of the worst happens with this storm or any storm that comes into our community.

Make sure to have an emergency disaster kit and a plan of action in case of any storm related problems.

Make sure you, your family, your friends, and your neighbors have an emergency disaster kit with flashlights with fully charged batteries, bandages, antibiotic product, rubbing alcohol, medication, drinking water, canned foods and meals ready-to-eat, extra, clothes and shoes, working weather radio, and other emergency survival related items.

Make sure you, your family, your friends, and your neighbors have an action plan in case you have to evacuate from you home or business.


Never drive into flooded roads, streets, and highway or go around road barricades when roads, streets, and highway are closed due to flooding.

“Turn Around Don’t Drown”!!

Stay away and stay out of fast flowing washes, creeks, and channels.

If there is a life threaten emergency during the storm such as somebody is swept away in a fast flowing washes, creeks, and channels, or a fire near homes caused by down utility lines, please call 911 immediately.

** More weather safety tips and information is at the following National Weather Service website address: **

** More weather information and weather radars for your area at the National Weather Service website at: **

** Weather radar for the Colorado River Tri-State area including for the community of Needles, California is at the National Weather Service website address: **

** Stay tuned to ZachNews for more news updates with more information regarding this news story as well as for continuing news coverage of Monsoon Watch 2015. **

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