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Posted on: August 19, 2021

Museum Flood Area August 19 | Evening Media Advisory

Museum Flood Area Evening Update

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Below is a summary of today’s activities by the Coconino County Flood Control District and City of Flagstaff related to the Museum Flood Area.

Upcoming Work Session: The Coconino County Board of Supervisors and the Flagstaff City Council will hold a joint meeting on August 23 at 3 pm to review the Museum Flood Area response and ongoing mitigation efforts. The public can access this meeting on the City’s website here: https://www.flagstaff.az.gov/1461/Streaming-City-Council-Meetings.  

Weather Forecast: The National Weather Service predicts dry weather through the weekend. For up-to-date, local weather, visit https://www.weather.gov/fgz/.    

Sandbag Operations & Placement: 54,000 sandbags are in place at Sheep Hill with 16,000 placed into the impacted neighborhoods since Tuesday. One property received 75 sandbags today through sandbag placement support. Crews delivered 130 pallets today with 70 delivered to the upper end of Paradise; the remainder were delivered to the impacted neighborhoods.  

Over 700,000 sandbags have been placed since the Museum Fire (2019). Pre-filled sandbags are available at the north end of C-A-L Ranch and self-fill sandbags continue to be available at the lot directly north of the County HHS building (2625 N. King Street).  

Flood Mitigation Site Assessments:  

Request a site assessment by contacting the Call Center at 928-679-8525 if you are experiencing one or more of the following:   

  • Floodwater has overtopped your sandbags or other mitigation measures   
  • The flow of floodwater was not mitigated by your current sandbag walls   
  • Mitigation employed by adjacent property owners is impacting your home 

Debris Removal: Volunteers assisted four properties between yesterday and today with debris removal. There are 17 outstanding debris removal requests. Debris removal support is only provided by volunteers. There will be a volunteer event this Saturday. Those requests that are not fulfilled this Saturday will be scheduled as volunteers are available next week.   

Operations:  

  • The barrier at the top of Paradise has been reset and fortified with sandbags 
  • The channel from Cedar to Dortha is being cleaned of sediment and will be restored to previous capacity 
  • The Arroyo Seco inlet has been cleaned and sediment removed 
  • A City of Flagstaff water truck is assigned to the area, and we will continue to apply reclaim water on the streets for dust control. 
  • Four street sweepers will work through Sunday. This includes City sweeper trucks and additional contracted services that will assist on Friday through Sunday.  ADOT is providing sweeping assistance on Rt. 66 and south of 6th Avenue. Sweeping efforts will be underway all weekend and it will take multiple passes and time to pick up the fine debris.   

Call Center: 56 calls were received in the last two days, with 647 total calls received since the beginning of the flooding.   

Volunteers Needed: United Way of Northern Arizona is planning a “Neighbor Helping Neighbor” volunteer event this Saturday to remove debris and support sandbagging efforts. Please sign up at https://uwna.volunteerhub.com/#_=_  or call United Way at 928-773-9813.  

Below is important information for residents of the Museum Flood Area and those who experienced monsoonal flooding:

SHELTER IN PLACE: During flood events, residents should shelter in place. Have a Stay Kit ready. 

DEBRIS ON PROPERTY: If you have debris on your property, then you should move the debris to the street if you are able -- only when the water has stopped flowing. This will help County and City Public Works crews remove the debris with their heavy equipment.  

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.  

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:  https://coconino.az.gov/207/Emergency-Management   

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.   

SOCIAL SERVICES RESOURCE GUIDE: COVID-19 Social Safety-Net Services Coalition-Resource Guide V10 (az.gov) 

CLEAN UP OF INTERIOR FLOODING: https://www.coconino.az.gov/2437/After-a-Flood-Event  

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  

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