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State Route 366 has reopened on Mount Graham in southeastern Arizona after a six-week closure due to the danger of flooding and debris flows after the Frye Fire, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

The road, also known as Swift Trail, connects with US 191 about 20 miles south of Safford. It had been closed at Ladybug Saddle near milepost 131, but as of Thursday, Sept. 14, it’s open again to Columbine at milepost 143.

For Immediate Release. The Coronado National Forest and the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) are working together to ensure the survival of the current highway bridge at Wet Canyon on SR-366 (Swift Trail).  This highway is the only road access to the high country in the Pinaleno Mountains (Mt. Graham and other high-country areas).  An active monsoon season has resulted in extreme flooding events from areas burned during the recent Frye Fire.

 

The recent flows from summer monsoon rains have eroded embankments at a number of locations within Nogales Wash, exposing and threatening critical infrastructure and property. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACOE) is working to stabilize banks along the Nogales Wash.

The Arizona Department of Transportation delivered 70, 20-foot sections of concrete barrier to assist in the erosion mitigation along the banks of the Nogales Wash.

The Goodwin Fire Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) assessment team has completed an evaluation of the effects of the fire on watershed conditions to determine the potential risk to human life and safety, property, and critical natural and cultural resources. They have also assessed whether appropriate and effective stabilization measures that can be implemented on national forest lands in a timely manner to reduce unacceptable risks from potential flooding and debris flow threats.

Heavy rains led to flooding within Lake Mead National Recreation Area July 25, causing multiple road closures. There were no reports of injuries.

“The safety of our visitors and employees is always the top priority,” said Lizette Richardson, park superintendent. “Our employees did an excellent job responding to the monsoon rains and flash flooding , ensuring park visitors and fellow staff members were safe and accounted for.”

The American Red Cross Evacuation Shelter at the Mayer High School in Mayer, AZ is closed effective immediately but remains on standby.

For people in the community who need help recovering from the flood, please visit the Individual Assistance Service Center located at the Mayer Recreation Center - 10001 S. Wicks Ave. Mayer, AZ 86333. Hours of operation will be Tuesday, July 25, 2017, from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm.

If immediate assistance is needed, please call the Red Cross at 1-800-842-7349.

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