/ Modified jun 12, 2016 4:18 p.m.

Monsoon Arrives with Warning to Heed Closed Streets

Barriers at washes mean don't cross; those who do could be fined.

Stock Monsoon Wash Out Spotlight 10/17/12. Rebecca Brukman. Image of a muddy wash out zone as a result of monsoon.

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Monsoon season officially begins Wednesday, although Friday and weekend rainfall was the real beginning of the summer rainy season.

With it come official reminders and warnings that a monsoon storm can turn a dry road in Tucson into a flowing river in a matter of minutes.

Officials with the city of Tucson want drivers to remember not to go around road closed signs.

“After a storm comes through and water comes through a wash, what may look like an inch of standing water in that roadway in fact could be a three to four foot sinkhole," said Michael Graham, a city transportation spokesman.

Graham said even if a road closed sign is at a dry wash, motorists should find an alternative route. City officials are in touch with the National Weather Service and flood waters could be traveling towards the road.

If a driver gets stuck after going around a road closed sign and must be rescued, the "stupid motorist law" allows officials to charge the motorist force payment for the cost of the rescue.

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