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State of Emergency issued in Coconino County due to flash flooding

Posted at 5:50 PM, Jul 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-16 00:42:24-04

FLAGSTAFF, AZ — A State of Emergency has been declared in Coconino County as flash floods continue to impact parts of the county.

Coconino County officials say flood areas from the Museum Fire Burn Area and other parts of Flagstaff continue to be dangerous due to the floods.

Officials say declaring a State of Emergency will allow them to distribute emergency funds from more sources and request assistance from the State.

Officials with Coconino County say extra precautions need to be taken during the monsoon season.

Some communities in Flagstaff are cleaning up after Wednesday’s flash flood along the Museum Fire burn scar.

One to two feet of floodwater swept through Steves Boulevard in east Flagstaff, moving anything in its path.

Wayne Tso, a resident along Steves Boulevard, thought his vehicles were going to be washed away too.

One home at the end of the street got directly hit by the debris flow, causing the garage door to cave in.

Neighbor Jeff Trejaeo said the entire event was completely insane.

“We’re cleaning up right now and helping neighbors. I can’t believe how much debris came off that mountain.”

Residents in the area say that nearby drainage ditches got clogged after the heavy rain hit the burn scar, meaning water and debris had nowhere to go but down the street.

“I’ve been here 13 years and I’ve never seen one like this one,” Tso said.

City crews are cleaning up, moving mud and debris, preparing for the next storm that may hit again.

Here are a few tips to stay safe from Coconino County:

- DEBRIS ON PROPERTY: If you have debris on your property, then you should move the debris to the street if you are able. This will help County and City Public Works crews remove the debris with their heavy equipment. If you are elderly or disabled and need assistance with repairing sandbag walls or with debris removal, then please call the Call Center at 928-679-8525.

- SANDBAGS: The sandbag station located at Coconino County Health and Human Services, 2625 N. King Street, has some sandbags available now but will be closed tomorrow, July 15 between 7 a.m. – 9 a.m. to be restocked. After 9 a.m., residents can pick up pre-filled sandbags.

- PARKED CARS: If you live on one of the streets that has debris as a result of the flood, then please do not park your car on the streets. Parked cars on these streets prevent the sandbags from doing their job—protecting your property.

- MORE RAIN: Additional rain is expected tomorrow on the Museum burn scar and in the City of Flagstaff. This means that people in the area need to be alert and be prepared to shelter in place. Charge your phones. Assemble a Stay Kit with the following:

  • First aid kit
  • Pet supplies
  • Manual can opener
  • Cell phone & charger
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Cash (e.g., small bills and coins)
  • Flashlight(s) with extra batteries
  • 72 hours' worth of food and water
  • Copy of Family Communication Plan
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio
  • Prescription medications and eyeglasses
  • Important papers (e.g., insurance and financial)