Flagstaff to test flood alert sirens Thursday
The City of Flagstaff will test its East Side flood alert sirens on Thursday morning. KNAU’s Melissa Sevigny reports, the siren’s warning message will now broadcast in Navajo as well as English and Spanish.
Residents of the Sunnyside and Grandview neighborhoods will hear an alarm sound followed by a voice message warning of imminent floods, repeated in three languages.
The siren may repeat several times during the testing period from 9am to 10am.
The system was installed by the City of Flagstaff and Coconino County last year in response to community requests. It activates when just over an inch of rain falls on the Museum Fire burn scar within the span of fifteen minutes to warn residents to seek higher ground.
The 2019 Museum Fire drastically alerted the floodplain of Flagstaff’s east side and contributed to devastating summer floods in 2021.
Residents can also sign up for emergency notifications via phone, text, or email on Coconino County’s website.