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Culvert That Was A Big Cause Of Highway 180 Flooding Last Summer Is Blocked And Damaged

Picture from the Summer of 2022.
Picture from the Summer of 2022.

The City of Flagstaff has discovered that the culvert, that caused a slew of problems for residents on the westside of Flagstaff along Highway 180 this past summer, is damaged and partially blocked. The impact of the blockage is unknown, but it could lead to higher levels of runoff entering downstream neighborhoods if it isn’t fixed. The culvert is owned by ADOT. The city has been in contact with ADOT to make them aware of the problem. ADOT officials have told the city they are formulating a plan to address the issue. Warm temperatures in the next week could create potential for rapid snowmelt in the Rio de Flag watershed, draining from off the San Francisco Peaks. This raises the risk of flooding in the Coconino Estates neighborhood, however the Schultz Creek Detention Basins are working as designed. The basins were built in the late summer to help ease flooding issues. Additional mitigation is not recommended at this time. Residents who have questions about possible flooding or obtaining sandbags, call the city at (928) 213-2102.