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Museum Fire & Flood Area

Posted on: July 16, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Museum Flood Area July 16 | Evening Media Advisory

Museum Flood Area Evening Update

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. 

- Storm Activity:  In contrast with the prior rain events, today the thunderstorm cell covered a significant portion of the burn scar, which in combination with significant rainfall in the northern portion of the scar (approximately 1.5 inches) created a more significant flood event. The east side of the burn scar received approximately 1 inch of rainfall and the west side received more than half an inch beginning around 1:45 p.m. The following areas and streets experienced significant flows and flood activity: 

  • Mt. Elden Estates  
  • Linda Vista Drive 
  • Grandview Drive  
  • West Avenue  
  • Cedar Avenue  
  • Main Street 
  • Rose Street 
  • Route 66 
  • Ponderosa and Bushmaster Parks   

- State Emergency Declaration: Governor Doug Ducey today issued a Declaration of Emergency in response to flash flooding in Coconino County, making up to $200,000 available for response efforts. 

 - Sandbag Sites: Two sandbag stations are available.  

  1.  Coconino High School: South parking lot of Coconino High School located at 2801 N Izabel near the Hal Jensen Recreation Center. 
  2. Coconino County Health and Human Services:  County HHS Building, 2625 King Street.  

 Click here for more information:  

 - Facebook Live: Coconino County and City of Flagstaff leadership and experts hosted a Facebook Live today. For a recording with ASL interpretation, click HERE. For a summary of the presentation in Spanish, please click HERE.   

 - Drainage Infrastructure Update: The inlets at Linda Vista, Dortha, and Arroyo Seco were clogged by the debris flows. The County’s contractor is clearing drainages inlets of debris and sludge in preparation for additional flooding as monsoon activity continues. The mitigation efforts in Mt. Elden Estates are working as designed. However, the private roads continue to be seriously impacted. In addition, some area channels are deeply eroding. The County is developing a short-term and long-term plan to address this issue. The long-term issue will require federal funding.  

 - Roads & Streets Infrastructure: City streets are being cleared by City and County crews, which made good progress already today. Please continue to place mud and debris in the streets for removal by these crews.  

 - Flood Impact Assessment Update:  If your home has been impacted on the interior by flooding, then please report the impacts by calling the Museum Flood Area Call Center at 928-679-8525.  

 - Site Assessments:  Please notify the Call Center if your sandbags are being overtopped and creating more impacts on your property, or if they are not adequately reducing impacts, and request a site assessment. We will work with you and your neighbors to address the increasing flood impacts. It is important that as you shore up your sandbags that you do not push flood water to your neighbors’ property. In 2019 the flood mitigation established and what we have asked for you to maintain is a flood mitigation system…we need to work in partnership to maintain and enhance this mitigation without creating impacts to others.   

 The 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. Do not get close to the flood water – please remain in your home. Know where your children and pets are at all times. Never enter drainages.  
  •  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. 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.   
  • 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 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: 
  1.  First aid kit 
  2. Pet supplies 
  3. Manual can opener 
  4. Cell phone & charger 
  5. Personal hygiene items  
  6. Cash (e.g., small bills and coins) 
  7. Flashlight(s) with extra batteries 
  8. 72 hours’ worth of food and water 
  9. Copy of Family Communication Plan 
  10. Battery-powered or hand-crank radio 
  11. Prescription medications and eyeglasses 
  12. Important papers (e.g., insurance and financial) 


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