Museum Fire

Angela Gervasi / KNAU

President Joe Biden has approved a major disaster declaration for parts of Arizona impacted by flash flooding. It opens up increased federal funding and other assistance for areas hit hard during this year’s monsoon season. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.

Angela Gervasi / KNAU

Almost every member of Arizona’s congressional delegation is urging President Joe Biden to issue a major disaster declaration for the state. It follows flash flooding from heavy monsoon rains in recent months throughout multiple counties. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.

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. 


Morning Rundown: Monday, July 19

Jul 19, 2021
Angela Gervasi

It’s Monday, July 19. The National Weather Service issued several flash flood warnings throughout northern Arizona Sunday for areas including Dilkon, Lake Montezuma near Camp Verde, Supai, and Heber-Overgaard.

Precipitation remains in the forecast today with a 58% chance of rain in Flagstaff, a 53% chance in Prescott and 37% chance in Chinle. A Flash Flood Watch is effective for northern regions of Mohave County.

Flooding Updates: Ducey Declares Emergency As City Assesses Damage

Angela Gervasi / KNAU

Governor Doug Ducey has issued an emergency declaration in response to the flash flooding in Flagstaff.

Flood Updates and Morning Rundown: Friday, July 16

Jul 16, 2021
Angela Gervasi

  It’s Friday, July 16. Flash Flood Warnings were issued yesterday for communities including Granite Creek, Ash Fork and the Tiger Fire burn scar near Black Canyon City. The alerts have since expired, though monsoon activity remains in the forecast — with a 58% chance of rain today in Flagstaff. As of July 14, 2021, the city received 1.75 in. of rain from the monsoon season, according to the National Weather Service.

State Of Emergency Declared For Flagstaff Floods 

Scott Heinsius

Flagstaff Mayor Paul Deasy and Coconino County Chair of the Board of Supervisors Matt Ryan have declared states of emergency following this week’s monsoon flooding.

Angela Gervasi / KNAU

Flood waters flowed through Flagstaff for a second day yesterday, leaving several roads impassable and some residential streets looking like rivers.

Morning Rundown and Flood Updates: Thursday, July 15

Jul 15, 2021
Angela Gervasi

It’s Thursday, July 15. Another round of afternoon showers and thunderstorms is in the forecast today after flood waters swept through parts of Flagstaff on Wednesday afternoon. More than an inch of rain fell onto the site of the 2019 Museum Fire, while surrounding areas received more than 2.5 in., according to Coconino County officials. 


Melissa Sevigny

Streets in east Flagstaff filled with mud and debris this week as flash floods poured down from the Museum Fire scar. The two-year-old burn scar is a study site for scientists at Northern Arizona University, who want to know how forests will recover from wildfires in a warmer, drier climate. Just before the flooding, KNAU’s Melissa Sevigny took a tour of the spot to learn about the experiment.