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July 13, 2021 8:41 PM

Monsoon Flooding in the Museum Flood Area

Flagstaff Mayor Paul Deasy and Coconino County Chair of the Board of Supervisors Matt Ryan have declared States of Emergency on behalf of the city of Flagstaff and Coconino County due to the impacts of monsoonal flooding to the Museum Flood Area and other parts of Flagstaff, which started July 13, 2021. Declaring a State of Emergency allows the city and county to expend emergency funds from all available sources and request assistance from the State of Arizona.

Flash flooding and mud/debris flows are likely throughout the 2021 summer monsoon season in Mt-Elden Estates, Paradise, Grandview, Sunnyside and other areas downstream of the Museum Fire Scar Area. Flash flooding and mud/debris flows can be deadly and cause serious damage to property and infrastructure. They can also appear with little or no warning.

Here's what you can do to stay safe during a flood:

• Avoid areas subject to flooding like washes and drainage basins
• If flooding occurs or may occur, seek high ground
• DO NOT attempt to walk across or drive through floodwaters
• If water rises in your home before you can safely evacuate, go to the top floor, attic, or roof
• Turn off all utilities at the main power switch and close the main gas valve if advised to do so
• Do not touch or play in floodwaters or slide debris. If you come in contact with floodwaters, wash with soap and clean water”

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