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Flagstaff Sees Biggest Flooding Day Of This Monsoon Season Friday Afternoon

The Flagstaff area saw it’s biggest flooding day of this Monsoon season Friday. Shelter-in-place alerts were sent out for areas of the Pipeline Fire on the westside near Highway 180, the Museum Fire burn area and the Schultz-Pipeline burn area. It’s the first time this Monsoon season all three burn areas had shelter-in-place alerts in place. On the Museum Fire burn area, a decent amount of water came down, but mitigation that was done over the last year held in place. About an inch of fell in the burned area. No flooding was reported. On the Schultz-Pipeline burn area, water and debris flowed over Highway 89, closing the road in both directions for some time. Water flowed on Copeland, as well as flooding the solar farm. Water from runoff also flooded Pioneer Valley and surrounding areas. On the west Pipeline burn area, around two-inches of rain an hour fell in about an hour Friday. Water overflowed the banks of Schulz Creek, sending water and debris down Highway 180, closing it in both directions. Stevanna Way was once again flooded on the west side of Highway 180. Water from the area went into the Rio de Flag, pushing water out of Francis Short Pond and down through downtown Flagstaff and the southside. Flooding could happen any day for the near future, so if you are in a flood area use caution.

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