Below is a summary of today’s activities by the Coconino County Flood Control District and City of Flagstaff related to the Museum Flood Area.
Today’s Rain Events & Impacts: There was widespread rain across northern Arizona throughout this afternoon, however, the Museum Fire burn scar did not experience significant rainfall.
Weather Forecast: Scattered showers and thunderstorms are expected to continue this evening and tonight, with a continued threat of locally heavy rain and flooding over and downstream of the Museum Fire burn scar. For up to date, local weather, visit https://www.weather.gov/fgz/.
Nighttime flooding is extremely dangerous. Below are important measures to follow for those in the Museum Flood Area and areas prone to post-wildfire flash flooding:
- Keep your phone nearby to receive Emergency Alerts.
- Know where your children are.
- Keep your pets indoors.
- Be prepared to shelter in place.
- Do not park on roads where flooding has or may occur.
- Charge your phones.
- Have flashlights with batteries.
Sandbag Operations & Placement: Today, 5,600 sandbags were produced, and an additional 6,050 sandbags were placed in impacted neighborhoods. Approximately 650,000 to 700,000 sandbags have been placed since the Museum Fire (2019).
Pre-filled and self-fill sandbags continue to be available at both the stations (South parking lot of Coconino High School at 2801 N Izabel and Coconino County Health and Human Services at 2625 King Street).
Flood Mitigation Site Assessments: 15 site assessments were completed today and 29 are awaiting assessment. We have brought in more engineering resources to support addressing the backlog so please be patient as we respond to requests. Request a site assessment by contacting the Call Center at 928-679-8525 if you are experiencing one or more of the following:
- Floodwater has overtopped your sandbags or other mitigation measures
- The flow of floodwater was not mitigated by your current sandbag walls
- Mitigation employed by adjacent property owners is impacting your home
Crews completed a significant project today to improve the flood mitigation strategy at Arroyo Seco. This work will help direct flood water into the City of Flagstaff stormwater inlet, which will decrease the amount of water impacting downstream homes, however it will not eliminate impacts particularly during larger flood events.
A camera has been placed within the western tributary of the Spruce Avenue watershed, which will provide the flood director with better resolution of flood events and increase our ability to warn residents of flash flooding.
The National Guard has finished work on a drainage and road project at the south end of Fourth Street. They are standing by to assist with cleanup, should a flood event occur this evening. Pending weather and flood events, they will mobilize into Mount Elden Estates tomorrow to assist in rebuilding a gravel road, which has impacted by the repetitive flood events.
The Engineering team continues to evaluate options to improve the stormwater system within the City of Flagstaff, particularly looking at Linda Vista crossing and the Dortha Inlet.
Crews finished a project on West Street that addresses overflow from Linda Vista.
Call Center: 17 calls were received today, with 422 total calls since the beginning of the flooding.
Volunteers Needed: United Way of Northern Arizona is planning a Neighbor Helping Neighbor Event to help support flood mitigation tomorrow, Saturday, July 24. We need more volunteers to make sandbags, place sandbags at residences, and to assist with clean up. Please sign up at the United Way Volunteer Hub or call 928-773-9813.
Below is important information for residents of the Museum Flood Area and those who experienced monsoonal flooding:
SHELTER IN PLACE: During flood events, residents should shelter in place. Have a Stay Kit ready.
DEBRIS ON PROPERTY: If you have debris on your property, then you should move the debris to the street if you are able -- only when the water has stopped flowing. This will help County and City Public Works crews remove the debris with their heavy equipment.
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.
TRACK WEATHER: For the latest Museum Fire scar weather conditions and NWS notifications please visit https://www.weather.gov/fgz/MuseumFireFloodRisk
SIGN UP FOR EMERGENCY ALERTS: https://coconino.az.gov/207/Emergency-Management
MUSEUM FLOOD AREA CALL CENTER: The Call Center will be operational daily. Hours of operation may shift depending on any weather events that may occur. The number is 928-679-8525.
SOCIAL SERVICES RESOURCE GUIDE: https://www.coconino.az.gov/DocumentCenter/View/35228/COVID-19-Social-Safety-Net-Services-Coalition-Resource-Guide-V9_
CLEAN UP OF INTERIOR FLOODING: https://www.coconino.az.gov/2437/After-a-Flood-Event
STAY IN TOUCH: Coconino County and the City of Flagstaff are providing updates on our websites and social media: coconino.az.gov, twitter.com/coconinocounty, and facebook.com/coconinocounty | flagstaff.az.gov, facebook.com/CityofFlagstaff