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Heavy Rain Hits Schultz Pipeline Burn Area Gives First Test To Flood Mitigation Work

picture of the first wall of water and debris coming down the canal at Wupatki Trails Sunday.
picture of the first wall of water and debris coming down the canal at Wupatki Trails Sunday.

A severe storm, that is being called a 100-year rain event, popped up over the Schultz Pipeline burn area Sunday, which served as the first big test of flood mitigation work that has been ongoing west of Highway 89 since last summer’s major flooding event. The storm dumped nearly two inches of rain in an hour on fire areas west of Wupatki Trails and Timberline. Around three-inches of rain fell in the area in a two hour period. Due to the heavy rainfall, a rush of water went through Wuptaki Trails, but with flood mitigation work that dug a deeper and wider canal, water and debris went through with no flooding to the neighborhood that saw it’s share of fire and water in 2022. A resident told KAFF News, “if this amount of water would have come through last year, we would have been hit with flooding again, maybe worse.” Coconino County Flood Control District Manager Lucinda Andreani told KAFF News that her initial reaction is the work that had been done, “performed exceptionally well. I’m thrilled.” The same can be said on Brandis Way, where deeper canals held water in and kept water off of roads and neighborhoods. However, Kevins Way saw flooding that forced the closure of the road. That area declined flood mitigation after the Schultz Fire so nothing had been done. Some of the water on Kevins Way, spilled onto Highway 89 where ADOT crews closed the right southbound lane for a short time. Past flood mitigation efforts also did their jobs on Campbell and Copeland roads, however added mitigation work from last year had yet to begin in some of those areas. The burn areas could see additional heavy rains Monday and Tuesday.


Listen to Lucinda Andriani’s appearance on The Jeff Kennedy Show Monday morning.  Click here: