Increased flooding risk due to Museum Fire in Flagstaff neighborhoods

July 23rd, 2019 at 1:04 PM

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Coconino County and Flagstaff City officials are asking people to be prepared for potential flooding in the Mount Elden Lookout Estates, Paradise Road, Grandview Drive and Sunnyside neighborhoods. Elevated concerns are a result of the Museum Fire and U.S. Weather Service forecasts.

The majority of the Museum Fire is within the Spruce watershed and flood waters may flow through those areas. Beginning today and through the weekend, National Weather Service forecasts indicate that monsoon rains are more than likely each day. Flood Control officials are conducting flood assessments and preparing mitigation efforts for homes in the immediately affected area, which includes sandbags.

Residents can self-fill sandbags at two different locations, Joel Montalvo Little League Fields at the corner of Spruce St and First Avenue and on Aztec Street near Francis Short Pond. Self-fill sandbags are available for those residents in the immediately affected neighborhoods listed above.

Pre-filled sandbags are available after noon to dusk Tuesday, July 23 at the Coconino High School South Parking Lot. Beginning Wednesday, sandbags will be available from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Staff will be present to verify that sandbags are disbursed only to those residents living in the affected floodplain.

Officials encourage residents to purchase flood insurance for the protection of their homes. More information on the purchase of flood insurance is available at www.floodsmart.gov or by contacting their insurance agent.

Residents with questions can contact the Emergency Operations call center at 928.213.2990. People are also encouraged to sign-up for emergency notifications for evacuation and other notices at coconino.az.gov/ready.

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