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Photos: Floodwaters, Debris Linger In Flagstaff After Rainfall


Floodwaters swept through Flagstaff once again Tuesday as county officials marked a “200 to 500 year rainfall event.”

County data estimated 3.07 inches of rain fell on one part of the Museum Fire Burn Scar yesterday afternoon.

As rainfall subsided, “the entire burn scar was saturated, resulting in the largest rainfall event-to-date,” a statement from Coconino County says.

City of Flagstaff and Coconino County officials have continued to urge sandbag use among Flagstaff residents.
More than 3 inches of rain fell on part of the Museum Fire Burn Scar Tuesday, Aug. 17, according to Coconino County data.
Raindrops linger Tuesday afternoon after heavy rainfall in Flagstaff. Monsoon activity so far this year has far outpaced the 2020 season, when the National Weather Service recorded just 1.78 inches of rain in the city. 
Volunteers clear mud outside Ponderosa Baptist Church in Sunnyside on Tuesday afternoon.
A Flash Flood Warning for parts of Flagstaff expired Tuesday, though the National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for the entirety of the city, set to expire Wednesday, Aug. 18 at 11 p.m.
A sign in Flagstaff's Sunnyside neighborhood thanks firefighters. Climate experts say active wildfire seasons increase flood risk for nearby and downstream communities.
Coconino County officials continue to urge residents to buy flood insurance, in part due to a state law that prohibits public funds from being allocated toward repairing private property.