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Angela Gervasi KNAU

Coconino County officials say a disaster declaration from President Joe Biden will have “an indirect impact” on the county and the city of Flagstaff. 

Biden on Monday issued a disaster declaration for flooding that swept through northern Arizona this summer. The action allows certain federal funds to be allocated within Coconino, Apache, and Navajo counties for aid and repair efforts. 

The declaration applies to flooding sustained between July 22 and July 24. 

The Killip Elementary School in Flagstaff resumed in-person instruction Tuesday after floodwaters inundated the facility in mid-August. 

The public school — part of the Flagstaff Unified School District — cancelled classes for two days after rainfall poured onto the Museum Fire Burn Scar on Aug. 17. Coconino County officials say 3.07 inches fell on one part of the burn scar within an hour.

Angela Gervasi KNAU

Flood watches have been issued for all of Arizona, including metro Phoenix and Tucson, effective from late Tuesday morning until late Wednesday evening.

Increasing tropical moisture will produce showers and thunderstorms capable of producing heavy rainfall, with the threat increasing Tuesday afternoon and continuing into Wednesday, the National Weather Service said.

Angela Gervasi KNAU

Coconino County and Flagstaff officials addressed community members Wednesday evening after parts of the city sustained severe flooding, which damaged at least 24 homes.

The county estimates just over 3 inches of rain fell on the Museum Fire Burn Scar Tuesday, along with nearly 4 inches in another area near Fort Valley Road. It prompted what the county is regarding as a 200-to-500 year rainfall event. 

Navajo County Emergency Management

 

An active monsoon season around northern Arizona in July brought five monthly rainfall records, officials said.

Last month, Show Low had 8.79 inches (22.33 centimeters) of rain although the city usually averages 2.35 inches (5.97 centimeters) in July, meteorologists with the National Weather Service in Flagstaff said.

Morning Rundown: Wednesday, July 28

Jul 28, 2021
Angela Gervasi

It’s Wednesday, July 28. Monsoon activity in northern Arizona has far outpaced precipitation in the 2020 season, according to figures released this morning by the National Weather Service. The NWS has documented 6.01 in. of rain so far this monsoon season at the Flagstaff Pulliam Airport, compared to just 1.78 in. the previous year between June 15 and Sept. 30. Show Low has received 8.11 in. of rain this summer, so far, compared to 2.22 in. in 2020. 

Morning Rundown: Tuesday, July 27

Jul 27, 2021
Courtesy Navajo County

It’s Tuesday, July 27. The search is ongoing for 16-year-old Faith Moore, who was swept away by floodwaters Saturday. Verde Valley fire personnel initially searched for Moore near the Camino Real and Highway 260. Cottonwood Police once again asked volunteers to gather earlier this morning to assist in search efforts. Yavapai County Sheriff’s officials say air surveillance and K-9 units have been deployed, along with a request for off-duty deputies to look through debris. 

 

Yavapai County Sheriff's Office

 Authorities continue searching Sunday for a 4-year-old girl and teenager who were both swept away by floodwaters in separate incidents in Arizona.

Graham County authorities resumed looking for a 4-year-old Pima girl missing since Thursday night while Verde Valley fire personnel search for a 16-year-old girl in Cottonwood.

Navajo County Emergency Management and Preparedness

NAVAJO COUNTY FLOOD UPDATE:

Morning Rundown: Wednesday, July 21

Jul 21, 2021

It’s Wednesday, July 21. The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for a majority of Ariz. counties, including Coconino County at the Grand Canyon and southward, along with parts of Navajo, Apache, Gila and Yavapai counties. The watch applies to communities including Winslow, Prescott, and Dilkon beginning Thursday morning and ending Saturday evening.

 

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