Stay safe during monsoon
Monsoon season is in full swing, and while the summer storms can be a welcome break, residents are encouraged to keep up to date on changing weather conditions. Monsoons can develop quickly, bringing high winds, dust storms, wet roads and potential flooding. Before a storm, secure outdoor objects and have extra batteries and flashlights on hand. To stay safe during a storm, follow these steps:
If you are outdoors and safe shelter is not available, find a low spot away from trees, fences and poles. Avoid high ground, water, trees and metal objects.
If you encounter a dust storm while driving, pull off the road immediately. Turn off your headlights and taillights, put your vehicle in “park,” and take your foot off the brake. Stay in the vehicle with your seat belt buckled, and wait for the storm to pass.
Do not risk crossing a flooded wash or roadway, even if it does not look deep. Even a few inches of running water poses a serious risk. Control of a vehicle can be lost in as little as 6 inches of water, and most vehicles will begin to float in 2 feet of water. The way to prevent becoming trapped or swept away by flowing water is to not drive through it.
For more information and tips, visit azdot.gov/monsoons. Peoria’s fire stations have sand and bags available for residents in need. Residents must bring a shovel and a way to transport the bags. Firefighters are not available to fill the bags, so residents must be able to do it themselves. Visit peoriaaz.gov/fire for locations.
Vaccination events continue
at Peoria High School
The city of Peoria has partnered with the Peoria Unified School District to host multiple COVID-19 vaccination events at Peoria High School, located at 11200 N. 83rd Avenue. The clinics will be held during designated days and times through July 30. Vaccines are available for individuals ages 12 and older. To view the schedule and make an appointment, visit tinyurl.com/vaccinephs.
Pop-Up Peoria at Park West
announces August classes
Pop-Up Peoria is an innovative community engagement space created by the city of Peoria and CIRE Equity. Visit Pop-Up Peoria at Park West to connect with artists, creatives, entrepreneurs and experts in a variety of activities, programs and interactive experiences. Upcoming events include preschool story time, business support for Latinas, and entrepreneurship day. For more information and a full program schedule, check out popuppeoria.com.
Peoria offers online
The city of Peoria is offering Peoria customers a new online system for paying utility bills. The new system, Invoice Cloud, is a one-stop shop where residents can access and pay all city bills electronically. Residents can enroll in paperless billing; get text notifications; and opt to pay by phone, text or online with a credit card, debit card or e-check. For more information about Invoice Cloud, visit peoriaaz.gov or make a payment at myaccount.peoriaaz.gov.
Future city council meetings
The next Peoria City Council meeting is Tuesday, Aug. 17, with the study session starting at 5 p.m., followed by the regular council meeting at 6 p.m. in the council chambers, 8401 W. Monroe Street, Peoria.