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Monsoon Brings Flash Flood Potential To Burn Scars, Flood Areas


The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch beginning Tuesday afternoon for portions of central and northern Arizona, including Oak Creek and Sycamore Canyons.

The Watch will be in effect from 2 p.m. Tuesday through 5 a.m. Wednesday.  Strong monsoon thunderstorms are expected to increase across much of central and northern Arizona Tuesday. Heavy rainfall is expected at times which could produce flash flooding in burn scars and normally dry washes and drainages, particularly south of the Mogollon Rim, as well as northern Gila County and the lower elevations of Yavapai County, according to the Weather Service. Widespread showers and thunderstorms are expected through Thursday across the region.  

Officials in Flagstaff are preparing for potential flooding this week in the Museum Fire burn scar and flood area. The City of Flagstaff, along with the Coconino County Flood Control District say all residents in the Museum Flood Area should be prepared to shelter in place should there be a flooding event. They recommend having an emergency Stay Kit with enough supplies to support household members, including pets, for at least 72 hours. Pre-filled sand bags, along with sand and empty bags, are available north of the Coconino County Health Services building on King Street. Those needing assistance can contact the Museum Flood Call center at 928-679-8525.