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Coconino County Officials Warn Residents Of The Dangers Of Flood Waters


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Coconino County officials are telling the public that seeing flood waters coming down a street is exciting and something you don’t see every day, but it can be dangerous too. Museum Fire incident commander Lucina Andreani tells residents to shelter-in-place when flooding begins. She says “debris can build up in the channel and will form a dam and break away. Then you’ll get a major surge of flood water.” Andreani adds, “that flood water could be three, or, four, or five, or six feet deeper than what you might be visualizing.” She reminds residents of a 12-year-old girl that was swept away by flood waters during a flood from the Schultz Fire burn area a few years ago. A lot of water and debris from the Museum Fire, and other areas of Flagstaff as we saw Wednesday, has drifted down into neighborhoods. Flooding could continue the rest of the week and the weekend.