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Posted on: July 14, 2021

Museum Flood Area | July 14 Evening Media Advisory

Museum Flood Area Evening Update

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — The following email was sent to Museum Flood Area residents this evening:

The Museum Fire Burn Area received just over 1” of rain today. Although the rain amount and intensity was lower today than yesterday, the rain fell over a longer period of time. Furthermore, rainfall that occurred within the neighborhoods compounded flooding from the burn area. The ground in the Museum Flood Area is also becoming more saturated and the watershed is becoming more responsive. This means additional flooding is expected in future rain events, which the National Weather Service predicts for the remainder of the week and weekend.  

Outside of the Museum Flood Area on the east side of Flagstaff, more than 2.5 inches of rain was recorded and the neighborhoods of Skyline, Upper and Lower Greenlaw, Swiss Manor, and the Fanning areas experienced significant flooding.  

An assessment of the damage of yesterday and today’s flood events is underway within the Museum Flood Area. While it is known that homes have experienced flooding, roads were impassable, and infrastructure was impacted, an assessment of private property impacts is not yet completed. If your home has been impacted on the interior by flooding, then please report the impacts by calling the Museum Call Center at 928-679-8525. 

Coconino County Flood Control District and the City of Flagstaff will be working tonight and through tomorrow morning on cleaning up from the flood event in the Museum Flood Area. Residents of the area should thoroughly read the following: 

- SHELTER IN PLACE: Again today, residents were seen observing the flash flood flows very close to the water. Children were observed playing in the flood water. This is extremely dangerous. There can be surges in flows, which can easily sweep people, particularly children off their feet. Do not get close to the flood water – please remain in your home.  

- DEBRIS ON PROPERTY: If you have debris on your property, then you should move the debris to the street if you are able. This will help County and City Public Works crews remove the debris with their heavy equipment. If you are elderly or disabled and need assistance with repairing sandbag walls or with debris removal, then please call the Call Center at 928-679-8525.  

- SANDBAGS: The sandbag station located at Coconino County Health and Human Services, 2625 N. King Street, has some sandbags available now but will be closed tomorrow, July 15 between 7 a.m. – 9 a.m. to be restocked. After 9 a.m., residents can pick up pre-filled sandbags.  

- PARKED CARS: If you live on one of the streets that has debris as a result of the flood, then please do not park your car on the streets. Parked cars on these streets prevent the sandbags from doing their job—protecting your property. 

- MORE RAIN: Additional rain is expected tomorrow on the Museum burn scar and in the City of Flagstaff. This means that people in the area need to be alert and be prepared to shelter in place. Charge your phones. Assemble a Stay Kit with the following: 

  • First aid kit 
  • Pet supplies 
  • Manual can opener 
  • Cell phone & charger 
  • Personal hygiene items  
  • Cash (e.g., small bills and coins) 
  • Flashlight(s) with extra batteries 
  • 72 hours' worth of food and water 
  • Copy of Family Communication Plan 
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio 
  • Prescription medications and eyeglasses 
  • Important papers (e.g., insurance and financial) 

- TRACK WEATHER: For the latest Museum Fire scar weather conditions and NWS notifications please visit https://www.weather.gov/fgz/MuseumFireFloodRisk 

- SIGN UP FOR EMERGENCY ALERTS: www.coconino.az.gov/ready  

- MUSEUM FLOOD AREA CALL CENTER: The Call Center will be operational daily. Hours of operation may shift depending on any weather events that may occur. The number is 928-679-8525.  

- STAY IN TOUCH: Coconino County and the City of Flagstaff are providing updates on our websites and social media: coconino.az.gov, twitter.com/coconinocounty, and facebook.com/coconinocounty | flagstaff.az.gov, facebook.com/CityofFlagstaff

If you would like to be added to this email distribution list, please send an email to museumfloodinfo@coconino.az.gov with “with "Add me to the Museum Flood Info Email List" in the subject line.  

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