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Severe flash flooding in Flagstaff
Posted at 3:54 PM, Aug 17, 2021

FLAGSTAFF, AZ — Parts of Arizona have been hit with devastating weather damage, with the city of Flagstaff having to deal with severe flash flooding caused by the runoff from the Museum Fire burn scar.

ABC15 cameras captured the floodwaters on Tuesday morning as they made their way down the wildfire's burn scars. Video showed how powerful the water was as it made its way down neighborhood streets, threatening to overtake sandbags residents had stacked in preparation.

The area of East Linda Vista Drive has been hit repeatedly by flash flooding. People who live in this area tell ABC15, each time the water comes down it seems to get worse and worse.

The water carries with it all types of debris, from branches to large trees limbs.

Flash flooding in Flagstaff

"It's terrifying. It happens, it's the fourth time that this has come through, and every time is worse," said Anissaa Doten-Bais, who lives nearby. "We rush home, to try and man the pumps where the water is breaching, and I have to call the schools, pull my kid out of class. They’re probably terrified because they’ve been here when this happened and I say, 'Under no circumstances can you let my child walk home from school.' I have two kids who either in either direction, it's terrifying, and it's going to happen again and again until something is done."

The National Weather Service says active weather will continue over some parts of northern Arizona Tuesday afternoon and evening before tapering off overnight.

The very same area was hit hard in July by another severe storm.

Active weather is forecasted to develop again over most of the high country on Wednesday afternoon, with flash flooding being the primary hazard.

  • Flash flooding will be possible primarily in Coconino County through Tuesday evening. Thunderstorm activity should diminish overnight.
  • Flash flooding will be possible Wednesday afternoon, primarily across Gila County north into the Mogollon Rim.
  • Drying out Thursday through the weekend.