The Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests experiences annual flooding and drought almost every year. With most of the year’s moisture arriving in a continual 6-8 weeks out of the year, it is crucial to prepare and know what to do in the very likely event of extreme weather.
This year in Navajo and Apache counties, monsoons arrived earlier than historically expected, leaving higher than normal levels of precipitation. While these weather patterns have contributed to lower fire danger, the threat of floods has increased compared to this time period in past years. Flash flooding is common in these areas and is not to be underestimated.
Pay attention to emergency alerts and public safety officials. Prepare an emergency “GO” bag with the essential P’s (people/pets, prescriptions, papers, personal needs, and priceless items). During flash flooding, seek higher ground immediately and wait out the event. Do not try to drive through roads with unknown levels of water, looks can be deceiving, it only takes 2 feet of water to wash away a car.
Please visit https://www.weather.gov/fgz/ for current conditions and a flood risk outlook.
In observance of Independence Day, the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests Supervisor’s Office and district ranger stations will be closed Monday, July 4. Offices will resume normal business hours (M-F 8-4:30) on Tuesday, July 5.
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