Oak Creek Canyon

With back-to-back snowstorms bearing down on Arizona, know what you’re driving into before heading to the high country.

Highway conditions can deteriorate quickly during severe weather as snow accumulates and drivers struggle, and closures can happen suddenly and be prolonged. If enough snow falls, the Arizona Department of Transportation may close lesser-used highways while snowplows address busier routes.

In preparation for the upcoming monsoon season, the National Weather Service, Sedona Fire District, Coconino County Emergency Management and Coconino County Certified Emergency Response Team (CERT) will test the emergency siren system in Oak Creek Canyon at approximately 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 24.  

This system is designed to notify Oak Creek Canyon and Uptown Sedona residents of severe emergencies that require evacuation.

State Route 89A in the Oak Creek Canyon switchbacks (mileposts 387-390) was partially reopened this morning after crews reopened the southbound lane, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

Both lanes of SR 89A were closed Saturday afternoon after a sinkhole was spotted on the northbound lane of the two-lane roadway.

Both directions of traffic will be guided through the area with assistance from a flagger until the northbound lane is reopened.

A sinkhole in the roadway has closed State Route 89A at the Oak Creek Canyon switchbacks, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

The highway is closed in both directions between mileposts 387-390, about 15 miles south of Flagstaff. Motorists can use Interstate 17 as an alternate route. The closure is expected to be in place through the weekend.

For the most current information about highway closures and restrictions statewide, visit ADOT’s Travel Information Site at www.az511.gov or call 5-1-1.

The American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter is responding to flooding and storm damage throughout Maricopa, Coconino and Yavapai Counties

Maricopa County

The Red Cross has received multiple reports of homes damaged and/or evacuated in Maricopa County. Reports include multiple homes flooded in the New River area, a damaged apartment building in North Phoenix, and scattered reports from around the Phoenix Metro area. Red Cross teams will focus on making sure families have a safe place to stay and that immediate needs are covered for the evening.

Efforts by the Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team have proven successful and effective on areas of the Slide Fire and work is nearing completion.

Even though the effects from rain events cannot be entirely prevented by Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) efforts they can mitigated by reducing water flow, debris runoff and erosion from rain event on lands downstream and down-slope from moderately to severely burned areas within the fire perimeter.

Even though the Slide Fire has been extinguished, there remains a threat of flash floods, mudslides and rock slides in Oak Creek Canyon. On three occasions recently, the Arizona Department of Transportation temporarily closed portions of State Route 89A between Sedona and Flagstaff due to flooding and debris flow. With the exception of weather driven closures, State Route 89A remains open. Even though Forest Service campgrounds and forest service recreation areas in Oak Creek Canyon are closed, all of the businesses are open.

The Slide Fire has been extinguished, but the threat of flash floods, mudslides and rock slides is real in the Oak Creek Canyon area. Just in the last week, the Arizona Department of Transportation has been forced to temporarily close a portion of State Route 89A between Sedona and Flagstaff on three occasions due to flooding and debris flowing along the burn area near the highway.

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